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Missouri drops in latest basketball rankings, clash with Kansas still top 10 battle

Monday, January 30, 2012 | 12:47 p.m. CST; updated 12:59 p.m. CST, Monday, January 30, 2012

COLUMBIA — Missouri dropped two spots to No. 4 in the latest Associated Press poll on Monday. The Tigers also dropped from No. 2 to No. 4 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll.

The fall comes after Missouri lost Wednesday to unranked Oklahoma State 79-72 in Stillwater, Okla.

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MONDAY'S GAME

No. 2 Missouri (19-2, 6-2 Big 12)
at Texas (13-8, 3-5 Big 12)

WHEN: 8 p.m.
WHERE:
Erwin Center
RADIO:
 KTGR/1580 AM, 100.5 FM; KCMQ 96.7 FM
TV:
ESPN

AP TOP 25
The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 29, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

 RecordPtsPrv
1. Kentucky (63) 21-1 1,623 1
2. Syracuse (2) 22-1 1,550 3
3. Ohio St. 19-3 1,498 4
4. Missouri 19-2 1,363 2
5. North Carolina 18-3 1,331 7
6. Baylor 19-2 1,310 6
7. Duke 18-3 1,250 8
8. Kansas 17-4 1,178 5
9. Michigan St. 17-4 1,098 10
10. Murray St. 21-0 979 11
11. UNLV 20-3 936 12
12. Florida 17-4 861 14
13. Creighton 20-2 803 15
14. Georgetown 16-4 762 9
15. Marquette 18-4 682 17
16. Virginia 17-3 578 19
17. San Diego St. 18-3 566 13
18. Saint Mary's 21-2 472 21
19. Wisconsin 17-5 415 25
20. Indiana 17-5 395 16
21. Florida St. 14-6 375 23
22. Mississippi St. 17-5 329 18
23. Michigan 16-6 305 20
24. Gonzaga 17-3 141
25. Vanderbilt 16-5 102

Others receiving votes: Harvard 69, Louisville 65, Kansas St. 40, West Virginia 12, Wichita St. 9, Nevada 6, Notre Dame 6, Southern Miss. 5, Iowa St. 3, Long Beach St. 3, Iona 2, UConn 2, Illinois 1.



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The top four in both polls were consistent, with Kentucky remaining at No. 1 followed by No. 2 Syracuse and No. 3 Ohio State. The Big 12 has three teams in the top 10, with Baylor ranked No. 6 and Kansas ranked No. 8 in both polls.

Missouri (19-2, 6-2 Big 12) will host Kansas (17-4, 7-1) in a clash of top-10 teams at 8 p.m. Saturday. ESPN College Gameday will be at Mizzou Arena on Saturday morning for the nationally-televised game that could have major Big 12 title implications.

In a Monday teleconference, Missouri coach Frank Haith said he knew how important the Kansas game is to Missouri fans when he took the job, but that he isn't looking ahead to the game just yet. Missouri plays another nationally televised ESPN game at 8 p.m. Monday at Texas (13-8, 3-5).

"Right now, I'm just focusing on Texas," Haith said. "I haven't really put a lot of thought into this weekend."

Haith is returning to Texas, where he spent three years as an assistant to Texas coach Rick Barnes.

He got the best of his old mentor when Missouri beat Texas 84-73 on Jan. 14. But Haith doesn't see that win as any indication of what can happen Monday night.

"They're getting better and better each time out," he said. 

Missouri is 2-2 on the road in conference play so far this season, and undefeated at home. The Tigers only won one conference road game last season.

Missouri sits tied for second place in the Big 12 with Baylor, one game behind Kansas. Haith hopes the Tigers can continue to "steal games on the road" and protect their home court.

"That's the formula," Haith said after Missouri beat Texas Tech 63-50 on Saturday at Mizzou Arena.


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