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After first loss, Missouri men's basketball drops in rankings

Monday, January 9, 2012 | 1:54 p.m. CST; updated 9:45 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 10, 2012

After suffering its first loss of the season on Saturday, the Missouri men's basketball team dropped two spots to No. 9 in the latest AP poll on Monday.

Three other Big 12 teams are also ranked in the AP top 25. Baylor (15-0) remained undefeated and held to No. 4. Kansas State (12-2) moved up five spots to No. 18 after beating Missouri, and Kansas (12-3) moved up four spots to No. 10.

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No. 9 Missouri (14-1, 1-1 Big 12)
at Iowa State (12-3, 2-0 Big 12)

WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday
WHERE: Hilton Coliseum (14,356), Ames, Iowa
TV: KMIZ/Channel 17

The Associated Press top-25 poll:
First-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 8, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

 RcrdPtsPrv
1. Syracuse (60) 17-0 1,618 1
2. Kentucky (5) 15-1 1,558 2
3. North Carolina 14-2 1,476 3
4. Baylor 15-0 1,436 4
5. Ohio St. 15-2 1,347 6
6. Michigan St. 14-2 1,263 10
7. Indiana 15-1 1,217 12
8. Duke 13-2 1,186 5
9. Missouri 14-1 1,096 7
10. Kansas 12-3 1,005 14
11. Georgetown 13-2 990 9
12. UNLV 16-2 852 17
13. Michigan 13-3 715 16
14. Louisville 13-3 704 11
15. Murray St. 16-0 628 19
16. Virginia 14-1 607 21
17. UConn 12-3 535 8
18. Kansas St. 12-2 482 23
19. Florida 12-4 463 13
20. Mississippi St. 13-3 362 15
21. Gonzaga 13-2 347 25
22. San Diego St. 13-2 313 24
23. Creighton 13-2 236
24. Seton Hall 14-2 205
25. Marquette 12-4 170 20

Others receiving votes: Wisconsin 97, Alabama 40, Vanderbilt 37, West Virginia 33, New Mexico 28, Saint Mary's (Cal) 18, Harvard 16, Illinois 14, Arkansas 11, Stanford 9, Saint Louis 7, Dayton 2, Iowa St. 1, Wagner 1.



The Tigers (14-1) also dropped three spots to No. 9 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. Syracuse is still ranked No. 1 in both polls.

Missouri coach Frank Haith called Saturday's 75-59 loss at Kansas State a "great learning experience" for his team.

Kansas State dominated Missouri physically, outscoring the Tigers 46-18 in the paint. Because Missouri plays just seven players and only two forwards, Haith acknowledged that his team won't be very physical.

"What we can do is respond and play our game," Haith said in a Monday teleconference.

But playing their game has been a problem for the Tigers in Big 12 road games in recent years. Missouri went 1-7 in Big 12 road games last season, but went 7-1 in Big 12 home games. In 2009, the Tigers went 4-4 on the road and 6-2 at home in the Big 12.

Haith said that teams have to be able to stay together in road games. He said players have to feed off each other because the crowd can't help them respond to adversity.

"We didn't exhibit that totally the other (day)," Haith said. "That's something you have to be able to do on the road."

Missouri plays another Big 12 road game on Wednesday at Iowa State (12-3, 2-0). The Cyclones are one of just three teams that hasn't lost a Big 12 game yet this season.

"I think they'll come in here and play great," Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg said of Missouri. "I think K-State could have beat the Lakers on Saturday, those guys were charged up."

Missouri hasn't lost to Iowa State since the 2007-08 season.


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