COLUMBIA— From the Associated Press basketball poll
This week: No. 10 Last week: No. 12
Missouri (11-2) beat Bucknell on Saturday 66-64 in a game that went down to the final minutes. Phil Pressey had a career high 26 points for the Tigers, earning him Southeastern Conference player of the week honors. Laurence Bowers also added 16 points, making it eight consecutive games that he has scored in double figures.
Missouri remains the highest ranked team in the SEC, with Florida right behind the Tigers at No. 11. Ohio State (last week No. 8) was knocked out of the top 10 after losing to Illinois (last week No. 11), but the Fighting Illini still dropped a spot in the rankings after losing to unranked Purdue earlier in the week. Louisville, now No. 3, and Arizona, now No. 4, swapped spots in the top 5.
This week ahead: Missouri opens its inaugural SEC schedule against Alabama (8-5) at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Mizzou Arena, and then travels to Ole Miss (11-2) on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Crimson Tide is led by junior guard Trevor Releford (brother of Kansas guard Travis Releford), who is leading the team with 15.6 points per game. Alabama relies on its guard play, normally using a four-guard lineup. Ole Miss is led by junior guard Marshall Henderson (18.2 points per game) and senior forward Murphy Holloway (15.8 points, 10.9 rebounds per game).
Highest Ranking: No. 7, on Dec. 24 Lowest Ranking: No. 16, on Nov. 26
The rest of the AP poll:
(16)-San Diego State
(20)-North Carolina State
Read more: AP basketball rankings