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Missouri men's basketball moves to No. 13 in poll

By Staff and wire reports
November 19, 2012 | 6:29 p.m. CST

The Missouri men's basketball team has moved up from No. 14 to No. 13 in this week's Associated Press Top-25 poll.

The Tigers improved to 3-0 last week with a 91-54 win over Alcorn State on Tuesday and a 74-54 victory over Nicholls State on Friday in a pair of games at Mizzou Arena.

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Missouri also rose in the USA Today-ESPN poll, improving from No. 15 to 14.

Indiana (3-0) is still a runaway No. 1 in the AP poll, and Louisville (5-0) is again a solid second. Then come the changes, with fellow Southeastern Conference team Kentucky dropping five spots to eighth, following a 75-68 defeat to then-No. 9 Duke last week.

Florida, the only other SEC team in the Top 10, moved up from No. 10 to No. 7 after a 66-45 win over Middle Tennessee on Sunday.

The Hoosiers (3-0) received 46 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel. The Cardinals (5-0) gathered the other 19 No. 1 votes.

Ohio State and Michigan both moved up one place to third and fourth, while Duke slid into fifth. Syracuse is sixth; North Carolina is ninth; and Arizona is 10th.

Oklahoma State, at No. 20, and Colorado, at 23, are the week's newcomers, replacing Notre Dame and Wisconsin. The Cowboys (4-0) were last ranked during the 2006-07 season. Colorado (4-0) was last in the Top 25 when the Buffaloes were ranked for the final eight polls of 1996-97.

Missouri plays next at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas where they are set to meet Stanford at noon on Thanksgiving Day. Depending on tournament results, the Tigers could play No. 2 Louisville or No. 5 Duke in the following rounds.

"We all came to Mizzou to play our best, so I think guys are real excited," Tigers senior forward Alex Oriakhi said. "It will definitely be a true test. We are going to play guys just as big and just as athletic as us, so I think we are ready. This is what we are going to face at the end of the season."