Missouri stays put at No. 12 in AP rankings

Monday, December 17, 2012 | 2:00 p.m. CST; updated 3:33 p.m. CST, Monday, December 17, 2012

COLUMBIA — From the Associated Press basketball poll

This week: No. 12 Last week: No. 12

It’s been nine days since Missouri (8-1) last played, as the Tigers have had the week off for exams.

For the first time this year, there is a new No. 1. Duke (9-0) has supplanted Indiana (9-1) as the top team in the nation after the Hoosiers lost to Butler on Saturday. Missouri is still one of two ranked teams in the Southeastern Conference, with Florida (7-1) dropping to No. 8 after losing to Arizona this past week.

This week ahead: Missouri faces South Carolina State at 7 p.m. Monday, and redshirt sophomore guard Jabari Brown will suit up for the first time as a Tiger. On Dec. 22, Missouri will travel to St. Louis for the highly anticipated Braggin’ Rights game against No. 10-ranked Illinois (12-0), which is led by two senior guards, Brandon Paul (18.8 points per game) and D.J. Richardson (11.5 points per game). Missouri has won the past three Braggin’ Rights games, but the Fighting Illini lead the overall series 20-11.

Highest Ranking: No. 12, on Dec. 4   Lowest Ranking: No. 16, on Nov. 26

The rest of the AP poll:

(1) Duke
(2) Michigan
(3) Syracuse
(4) Arizona
(5) Louisville
(6) Indiana
(7) Ohio State
(8) Florida
(9) Kansas
(10) Illinois
(11) Cincinnati
(13) Minnesota
(14) Gonzaga
(15) Georgetown
(16) New Mexico
(17) Creighton
(18) San Diego State
(19) Butler
(20) Michigan State
(21) UNLV
(22) Notre Dame
(23) North Carolina
(24) Oklahoma State
(25) North Carolina State 

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