From the Associated Press basketball poll
This week: No. 22 Last week: No. 17
Missouri (13-4, 2-2 in SEC) beat Georgia 79-62 at home on Wednesday, but once again struggled on the road, losing badly to then No. 10-ranked Florida 83-52 on Saturday. Phil Pressey had a rough week with only five points and six assists in the win against the Bulldogs and two points with a career-high 10 turnovers in the loss against the Gators. Earnest Ross banged up in the win against Georgia (back), and Keion Bell was injured against Florida (sprained ankle).
Missouri and Florida are no longer the only ranked teams in the Southeastern Conference. Ole Miss (15-2, 4-0 in SEC) is right behind the Tigers at No. 23. Florida (14-2, 4-0 in SEC) jumped up to No. 8 after wins over Texas A&M and Missouri. Once again, there is a new No. 1, as Duke (16-1) reclaimed its ranking as the top team in the country after Louisville (last week’s No. 1) lost to Syracuse. The Blue Devils are followed by No. 2 Michigan (17-1), while Kansas (16-1) and Syracuse (17-1) are tied at No. 3. Coach Frank Haith’s former school, Miami (Fla.), is ranked for the first time this season at No. 25.
This week ahead: The Tigers will have a much needed break from the road this week, with home games against South Carolina (11-6, 1-3 in SEC) at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Vanderbilt (7-9, 1-3 SEC) at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Gamecocks are led by former Kansas State head coach Frank Martin and feature junior guard Brenton Williams (12 points per game) and senior forward Lakeem Jackson (9.6 points, 7.4 rebounds per game). The Commodores are led by sophomore guard Kedren Johnson (15.1 points, 3.3 assists per game). The Tigers will be without leading scorer Laurence Bowers (MCL sprain) and Keion Bell (sprained ankle) for Tuesday’s game, and Earnest Ross (back) is doubtful. Bowers could play on Saturday but is more likely to return next week at LSU.
Highest Ranking: No. 7, on Dec. 24 Lowest Ranking: No. 22, on Jan. 21
The rest of the AP poll:
(11) Kansas State
(13) Michigan State
(14) Ohio State
(15) New Mexico
(18) North Carolina State
(19) Virginia Commonwealth
(20) Wichita State
(23) Ole Miss
(24) Notre Dame
(25) Miami (FL)
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