From the Associated Press basketball poll
This week: No. 7 Last week: No. 12
Missouri (10-1) won its highly anticipated Braggin’ Rights game 82-73 on Saturday against previously No. 10-ranked Illinois. Three players had double-doubles for the Tigers, Laurence Bowers (23 points, 10 rebounds), Phil Pressey (12 points, 11 assists), and Alex Oriakhi (13 points, 14 rebounds). Jabari Brown also added 18 points in his first ever start and second career game, his first game coming in last Monday’s 102-51 win over South Carolina State.
For the first time this year, Missouri is the highest ranked team in the Southeastern Conference, after Florida dropped to No. 14 after its loss to Kansas State. Arizona moved up to No. 3 after Syracuse loss to previously unranked Temple, while Kansas moved up to No. 6 after beating Ohio State. The Fighting Illini dropped to No. 12 after their loss to the Tigers.
This week ahead: Missouri travels to UCLA (9-3) on Friday Dec. 28th for what should be a difficult away matchup for the Tigers. UCLA was ranked as high as No. 11 in the first two weeks of the season, but lost three games early on and got knocked out of the rankings. The Bruins are led by two freshmen, phenom Shabazz Muhammad (averaging 18.8 points per game), and guard Jordan Adams (18.2 points per game).
Highest Ranking: No. 7, on Dec. 24 Lowest Ranking: No. 16, on Nov. 26
The rest of the AP poll:
(10) Ohio State
(17) San Diego State
(19) Michigan State
(21) Notre Dame
(22) Oklahoma State
(23) North Carolina State
(25) Kansas State