Mizzou men's basketball falls six spots to No. 18 in AP Top 25
Missouri men's basketball fell six spots to No. 18 in the latest Associated Press poll released Monday.
The Tigers were tied for the second-largest drop (West Virginia fell from No. 11 to 17) after an 88-82 road loss to unranked Auburn last Tuesday and a 102-98 overtime home victory over TCU on Saturday.
The only team to have a more drastic fall was Kansas, which fell eight spots to No. 23 after a 59-51 win over the aforementioned Horned Frogs on Thursday and a 19-point loss to Tennessee on Saturday.
The Jayhawks have lost four of their past five games for the first time in 30 years.
Missouri's eighth consecutive week in the AP Top 25 poll is tied for the 15th-longest active streak nationally, having been ranked in every poll since Dec. 14.
The Tigers (11-3, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) are scheduled to resume league action this week with home contests against blueblood Kentucky on Wednesday and No. 10 Alabama on Saturday.
The Crimson Tide are still the highest-ranked SEC team despite slipping one spot in Monday's poll.
Tennessee jumped seven spots to No. 11 in the poll, while Florida entered the rankings at No. 23. No other SEC team received votes.
Missouri appeared on all but one of 64 ballots again this week — the fifth time that's happened this season.
The Tigers were ranked as high as No. 7, by longtime ESPN analyst Dick Vitale. Their most common rankings were No. 15 and 18, with eight votes each. The next-highest was seven votes at No. 19.
Missouri dropped five spots to No. 17 in the coaches poll, with Alabama moving up one spot to No. 7. Tennessee checks in at No. 10 with the coaches, while Florida moved up 12 spots to No. 23.
Gonzaga, Baylor top rankings; Sooners climb
Baylor has overshadowed nearly everything in the Big 12 Conference this season as it tries to complete an undefeated season.
Oklahoma has been making a statement of its own.
With a 66-61 win over then-No. 9 Alabama on Saturday, the Sooners (11-4, 6-3 Big 12) became just the second team in 25 years to beat three straight top-10 opponents. Oklahoma also is the first team since 1974 to beat four top-10 teams in the same month.
The Sooners’ run led to a big jump in this week’s AP poll. Oklahoma moved up 15 spots to No. 9 in the Top 25, its highest ranking since reaching No. 4 in 2017-18.
Gonzaga and Baylor remained atop the poll for the 11th straight week.
The Zags (17-0, 8-0 West Coast Conference) received 61 first-place votes to hold at No. 1 after routing San Diego and Pepperdine last week. The Bears (16-0, 8-0 Big 12) received the other three first-place votes following wins over Kansas State and Auburn.
Villanova and Michigan remained at Nos. 3 and 4, with Houston rounding out the top five. The Cougars have their highest ranking since the Phi Slama Jama team reached No. 2 in 1983-84.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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