Mizzou jumps to No. 2 in both top 25 polls

KU and K-State also move up

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Missouri Tigers are inching closer to becoming the top ranked team in the country. Mizzou on Monday moved up to No. 2 in the Associated Press and coaches top 25 polls. The Tigers were ranked No. 5 last week in both polls.

Missouri also received two first place votes in the AP poll. Kentucky claimed the top spot in the AP poll and earned a unanimous No. 1 ranking in the coaches poll.

The Tigers improved to 18-1 after an 89-88 win at then-No. 3 ranked Baylor. Mizzou senior Ricardo Ratliffe has been named the Big 12 Player of the Week after averaging 22 points and seven rebounds per game last week. He scored a career-high 27 points at Baylor.

The Tigers have won four games in a row. Their only Big 12 loss came at Kansas State. Mizzou next plays Wednesday at Oklahoma State.

The Kansas Jayhawks also improved their ranking. Kansas is No. 5 in both polls. The Jayhawks were ranked No. 7 last week. KU is 16-3 after a 69-66 victory at Texas.

The Jayhawks are red-hot. They have won nine games in a row and are leading the Big 12 with a 6-0 conference record. KU hosts Texas A&M on Monday at 8pm.

Kansas State is now 22nd in the AP poll and 24th in the coaches poll. Last week, K-State ranked 25th in the AP but wasn't ranked in the coaches poll. K-State has been in at least one of the polls for eight straight weeks.

The Wildcats have a 14-4 record and went 2-0 last week. K-State won 66-58 Saturday at Oklahoma State. The Wildcats travel to Texas Tech on Wednesday.

Here is a look at both polls:

Associated Press Top-25 poll:

Record Pts Prv
1. Kentucky (61) 19-1 1,620 2
2. Missouri (2) 18-1 1,532 5
3. Syracuse (2) 20-1 1,506 1
4. Ohio St. 17-3 1,411 6
5. Kansas 16-3 1,383 7
6. Baylor 17-2 1,234 3
7. North Carolina 16-3 1,232 8
8. Duke 16-3 1,176 4
9. Georgetown 16-3 1,045 10
10. Michigan St. 16-4 1,009 9
11. Murray St. 20-0 925 12
12. UNLV 18-3 886 14
13. San Diego St. 17-2 832 16
14. Florida 15-4 709 17
15. Creighton 18-2 682 19
16. Indiana 16-4 609 11
17. Marquette 16-4 517 21
18. Mississippi St. 16-4 422 18
19. Virginia 15-3 414 15
20. Michigan 15-5 396 20
21. Saint Mary's (Cal) 19-2 345 24
22. Kansas St. 14-4 252 25
23. Florida St. 13-6 244 --
24. UConn 14-5 203 13
25. Wisconsin 16-5 182 --

Others receiving votes: West Virginia 96, Gonzaga 82, Vanderbilt 40, Louisville 35, Harvard 32, Wichita St. 28, Cincinnati 20, Illinois 11, Middle Tennessee 9, Dayton 3, Iona 2, Long Beach St. 1.


Coaches Top-25 Poll

Rank Team (first-place votes) Record Points Last week
1. Kentucky (31)19-1 775 2
2. Missouri 18-1 725 5
3. Ohio State 17-3 687 6
4. Syracuse 20-1 686 1
5. Kansas 16-3 660 7
6. Duke 16-3 571 4
7. Baylor 17-2 569 3
8. North Carolina 16-3 565 8
9. Murray State 20-0 502 10
10. Georgetown 16-3 498 12
11. Michigan State 16-4 453 9
12. San Diego State 17-2 403 16
13. Florida 15-4 396 14
14. Creighton 18-2 343 18
15. UNLV 18-3 337 20
16. Mississippi State 16-4 236 15
17. Indiana 16-4 230 13
18. Marquette 16-4 213 22
19. Connecticut 14-5 203 11
20. Saint Mary's 19-2 193 23
21. Virginia 15-3 171 17
22. Michigan 15-5 165 19
23. Harvard 16-2 99 24
24. Kansas State 14-4 80 NR
25. (tie) Louisville 15-5 49 21
25. (tie) Wisconsin 16-5 49 NR

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