Missouri men's basketball moves up to No. 9 in AP poll

Monday, December 19, 2011 | 1:55 p.m. CST; updated 3:08 p.m. CST, Monday, December 19, 2011

The Missouri men's basketball team moved up one spot to No. 9 in the latest rankings by The Associated Press, which were released Monday. The Tigers remained No. 8 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.

Missouri stayed undefeated this week with a 104-67 win against Kennesaw State on Thursday and a 94-56 win against William & Mary on Sunday. It moved up after Xavier, ranked No. 8 in last week's poll, lost to Oral Roberts on Saturday. Xavier dropped to No. 14.

No. 6 Baylor (9-0) is the only Big 12 team ranked ahead of Missouri. Kansas (7-2) moved up one spot this week to No. 12. Texas A&M (8-2) dropped out of the Top 25 following a loss to No. 11 Florida.

The Tigers are now 11-0 for the first time since the 1991-92 season. They face No. 25 Illinois on Thursday for a chance to get to 12-0 for the first time since the 1981-82 season.

Illinois (10-1) dropped to No. 25 in the AP poll following a 64-48 loss to UNLV on Friday. With the win, UNLV moved into the rankings at No. 21.

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