COLUMBIA — From the Associated Press basketball poll
This week: Unranked Last week: Unranked
Missouri (19-8, 8-6 in the Southeastern Conference) upset No. 5 Florida 63-60 at home Tuesday, but once again lost a close game on the road, this time a 90-83 overtime thriller Saturday against Kentucky. Laurence Bowers and Phil Pressey played huge roles in the win against the Gators. Bowers had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Pressey added seven points, 10 assists, and three steals.
The Tigers struggled from the 3-point range (5-for-20) and with fouls (25) against the Wildcats in the loss that was featured on ESPN College GameDay. Pressey paired a career-high 27 points with 10 assists, but once again struggled in the biggest moments of the game.
Florida dropped to No. 8 after its loss to the Tigers, and remain the only team ranked in the SEC. Missouri coach Frank Haith’s former school, Miami (Fla.), dropped from No. 2 to No. 5 after getting upset by Wake Forest, and Saint Louis University is ranked for the first time this season (No. 18) after upsetting Butler 65-61. Indiana remains the top team in the country, followed by Gonzaga (No. 2), Duke (No. 3) and Michigan (No. 4) to round out the top five. Missouri received only one vote this week.
This week ahead: On Thursday, Missouri travels to South Carolina (13-14, 3-11 SEC) to face the Gamecocks for the second time this season. Last month, the Tigers beat South Carolina 71-65 in Columbia, and Alex Oriakhi led the way with 18 points and 11 rebounds. The Gamecocks, who are led by former Kansas State head coach Frank Martin, feature junior guard Brenton Williams, who had 16 points and five rebounds against the Tigers.
On Saturday, Missouri will have an opportunity to avenge its 73-70 road loss against LSU (16-9, 7-7 in SEC), this time at Mizzou Arena. LSU is led by Johnny O’Bryant III, who is averaging 14.0 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.
Highest Ranking: No. 7, on Dec. 24 Lowest Ranking: Unranked, on Feb. 11
The rest of the AP poll:
5. Miami (FL)
9. Michigan State
13. Kansas State
14. New Mexico
15. Oklahoma State
16. Ohio State
18. Saint Louis
21. Notre Dame
25. Louisiana Tech
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