Missouri men's basketball rises in polls after 3-0 week

Monday, November 29, 2010 | 7:52 p.m. CST; updated 8:47 p.m. CST, Monday, November 29, 2010

There are only two games between ranked teams this week. One of those games includes the Missouri men's basketball team.

The Tigers (5-0) went from No. 11 to No. 9 in The Associated Press college basketball poll released Monday. They face No. 16 Georgetown on Tuesday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

AP Poll

1 Duke (65) 6-0 1,625
2 Ohio State 5-0 1,530
3 Pittsburgh 7-0 1,488
4 Kansas 6-0 1,402
5 Kansas State 5-1 1,263
6 Michigan State 5-1 1,250
7 Connecticut 5-0 1,188
8 Syracuse 6-0 1,085
9 Missouri 5-0 984
10 Kentucky 4-1 890
11 Baylor 4-0 844
12 Villanova 5-1 807
13 Tennessee 5-0 779
14 Memphis 5-0 758
15 Minnesota 6-0 754
16 Georgetown 6-0 701
17 San Diego State 6-0 594
18 Florida 5-1 553
19 Texas 5-1 484
20 Illinois 6-1 435
21 Brigham Young 6-0 369
22 Purdue 5-1 318
23 Washington 3-2 270
24 UNLV 6-0 255
25 Notre Dame 7-0 126

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No. 6 Michigan State is at Duke, the unquestioned No. 1 team, on Wednesday, a game that would have been a 1-2 matchup until this week.

The Blue Devils (6-0) received all 65 first-place votes from the national media panel. Wins against Marquette, Kansas State and Oregon made the Blue Devils the first unanimous No. 1 since Kentucky did it for one week last season.

Duke was No. 1 on all but seven ballots last week, but Michigan State, which got six No. 1 votes, and Kansas State, which had the other, both lost.

Connecticut beat then-No. 2 Michigan State and then-No. 8 Kentucky on the way to winning the Maui Invitational. The Huskies (5-0) made the second-most impressive jump into the rankings in the last 21 years, moving from No. 36 to No. 7. Since the poll expanded to 25 teams in 1989, the only more impressive entrance was Kansas' jump to No. 4 after beating No. 2 LSU, No. 1 UNLV and No. 25 St. John's on the way to winning the 1989 Preseason NIT.

"It's tough to imagine something like that even though everybody says they don't pay attention to the polls," Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun said before Monday's practice. "It's nice to be there at this point of the season, but I always tell my teams, 'Don't let yesterday take up too much of today.' "

UNLV (6-0), which won the 76 Classic, and Notre Dame (7-0), which won the Old Spice Classic, were this week's other newcomers to the poll at No. 24 and 25. Both were ranked last season.

Temple, Gonzaga and North Carolina dropped out of the rankings.

Missouri went from No. 12 to No. 8 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches' Top 25 poll. In that poll, the Tigers were one of four Big 12 teams in the top 10.

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