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Missouri men's basketball falls to No. 21 in AP rankings

Monday, February 4, 2013 | 1:47 p.m. CST; updated 7:01 p.m. CST, Monday, February 4, 2013

COLUMBIA— From the Associated Press basketball poll

This week: No. 21 Last week: No. 17

Missouri (16-5, 5-3 in SEC) lost on the road last week 73-70 against LSU but redeemed itself at home with a 91-77 win Saturday over Auburn. Laurence Bowers was back for both games after missing five with a sprained MCL in his right knee. He scored 10 points in the loss to LSU and 12 points in the win against Auburn. Keion Bell scored 24 points; Earnest Ross also added a season-high 23 points in the win against Auburn, his former team. 

Missouri (No. 21) and Florida (No. 2) are now the only ranked teams in the Southeastern Conference. Ole Miss was left out of the rankings after losing to Kentucky and Florida this week. Once again, there is a new No. 1, with Indiana taking the top spot. No. 3 Michigan, No. 4 Duke and No. 5 Kansas round out the Top 5.

The week ahead: The Tigers are still searching for their first road win in the SEC, and the team will have another opportunity to do so against Texas A&M (13-8, 3-5 in SEC) on Thursday. The Aggies are led by senior guard Elston Turner, who is averaging 15.7 points per game. Missouri will then face Ole Miss (17-4, 6-2 in SEC) at home on Saturday. Last month, the Tigers were upset by the Rebels, losing 64-49. Senior forward Murphy Holloway dominated the game, pairing 22 points with eight rebounds and four steals. Missouri had 19 turnovers and only six free-throw attempts in the loss.

Highest Ranking: No. 7, on Dec. 24  Lowest Ranking: No. 22, on Jan. 21

The rest of the AP poll:

(1)-Indiana
(2)-Florida
(3)-Michigan
(4)-Duke
(5)-Kansas
(6)-Gonzaga
(7)-Arizona
(8)-Miami (FL)
(9)-Syracuse
(10)-Ohio State
(11)-Louisville
(12)-Michigan State
(13)-Kansas State
(14)-Butler
(15)-New Mexico
(16)-Creighton
(17)-Cincinnati
(18)-Minnesota
(19)-Oregon
(20)-Georgetown
(21)-MISSOURI
(22)-Oklahoma State
(23)-Pittsburgh
(24)-Marquette
(25)-Notre Dame

Read more: AP Rankings


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