Mizzou moves in front of KU in poll for 1st time in 8 years

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Posted at 1:13 PM, Jan 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 14:13:28-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s men’s basketball team rose seven spots in the latest Associated Press Top 25 rankings.

The 12th-ranked Tigers improved to 10-2 on Saturday with a 73-64 win at then-No. 6 Tennessee, avenging a 20-point home loss from the SEC opener last month.

It’s also the first time Mizzou has been ranked ahead of Kansas in the AP men’s basketball poll since Feb. 20, 2012.

The Tigers were ranked No. 3 in that poll nearly eight years ago, one spot ahead of the Jayhawks.

KU, which has lost three straight games after dropping games last week at No. 2 Baylor and Oklahoma, dropped to No. 15 in the ranking released Monday.

Gonzaga, Baylor and Villanova remain the top three teams in the poll.

The latest Top 25 also saw ninth-ranked Alabama climb to its highest ranking in 14 years.

Gonzaga and Baylor have been 1-2 atop all 10 polls this season.

The Crimson Tide, which is 8-0 in SEC play and leads second-place Mizzou by three games in the standings, had the biggest jump by rising nine spots for their highest ranking since January 1997.

No. 16 Florida State, No. 24 Oklahoma and No. 25 Louisville were new additions to this week's poll.

Clemson, Oregon and Connecticut fell out of the rankings.

Michigan and Texas round out the top five, while Texas Tech checked in 10th and West Virginia 11th, giving the Big 12 five teams in the latest ranking.

The Volunteers plummeted 12 spots to No. 18 after losses to Florida and Missouri last week.