Missouri drops several spots in AP top 25 after weekend loss

Missouri drops several spots in AP top 25 after weekend loss

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COLUMBIA, MO - JANUARY 08: Head coach Frank Haith of the Missouri Tigers claps form the bench during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mizzou Arena on January 8, 2013 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)


by KMOV.com staff


Posted on January 14, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 10 at 6:17 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – A weekend loss caused the University of Missouri men’s basketball team to slip seven spots in the Associated Press’ latest top 25 poll released Monday.


An ailing Missouri team, which lost to Ole Miss 64-19 Saturday night in Oxford, fell from 10th to 17th in the country.

The Tigers (12-3, 1-1) were without leading scorer Laurence Bowers, who was out with a sprained MCL in his right knee.

Meanwhile, Illinois dropped nine spots to No. 23 after suffering a 74-51 loss to Wisconsin on Saturday.

Nationally, Louisville took advantage of losses by Duke and Michigan to move up two spots to No. 1 on Monday in The Associated Press’ Top 25 poll. This is just the second time in school history they’re on top. The other time was the final poll of 2008-09, a season in which they reached the final eight of the NCAA tournament.

The Cardinals, who have won 10 straight since losing to Duke in the finals of the Battle 4 Atlantis, received 36 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. That’s 23 more than Indiana, which moved up from fifth.

Indiana was No. 1 in the preseason poll and for the first five weeks of the regular season. Duke, which was No. 1 for the last four weeks, was third with 14 No. 1 votes. The Blue Devils were followed by Kansas and Michigan, which drew one first-place vote each.

Four teams entered the week unbeaten: Duke, Michigan, then-No. 4 Arizona and unranked Wyoming and they all took their first loss.

It was the first time three of the top four teams lost in the same week since November 2003, when the top four teams—Connecticut, Duke, Michigan State and Arizona—all were defeated.

Syracuse, Arizona, Gonzaga, Minnesota and Florida rounded out this week’s top 10.

There were four newcomers to the poll this week: No. 21 Oregon, No. 22 Virginia Commonwealth, No. 24 UCLA and No. 25 Marquette.

It is VCU’s first ranking since the 1984-85 season. Oregon is back in for the first time since 2007-08. Marquette was ranked last season and UCLA, which was No. 13 in the preseason poll, is back after being out for the last seven weeks.

They replaced Georgetown, Cincinnati, Wichita State and UNLV, who all lost once last week.

The Associated Press contributed to this report