COLUMBIA — From the Associated Press basketball poll
This week: No. 17 Last week: No. 22
Missouri (15-4, 4-2 in SEC) won both of its games this week, beating South Carolina 71-65 on Tuesday and Vanderbilt 81-59 on Saturday. Forward Alex Oriakhi was the star of both games, pairing 18 points with 11 rebounds against the Gamecocks and 18 points and 12 rebounds against the Commodores.
The Tigers continued to play without Laurence Bowers (right MCL sprain) and are now 3-2 without their leading scorer.
Despite the two wins, Missouri is now the lowest ranked team in the Southeastern Conference, as both Ole Miss (No. 16) and Florida (No. 4) are ranked higher than the Tigers.
For the third week in a row, there is a new No. 1, as Michigan took the top spot. Kansas (No. 2), Indiana (No. 3), and Duke (No. 5) round out the Top Five.
The week ahead: Missouri travels to face LSU (10-7, 1-5 in SEC) on Wednesday and plays at home against Auburn (8-11, 2-4 in SEC) on Saturday. Both teams also have Tiger mascots.
LSU is led by junior forward Shavon Coleman, who is averaging 12.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.
Auburn (Earnest Ross’ former team) is led by senior guard Frankie Sullivan (16.9 points) and senior center Rob Chubb (9.8 points, 7.9 rebounds).
Highest Ranking: No. 7, on Dec. 24 Lowest Ranking: No. 22, on Jan. 21
The rest of the AP poll:
11. Ohio State
13. Michigan State
14. Miami (FL)
15. Wichita State
16. Ole Miss
18. Kansas State
19. North Carolina State
20. New Mexico
22. San Diego State
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