Mizzou basketball drops four spots to No. 24 in AP poll
Missouri men's basketball is still ranked this week, but barely.
The Tigers dropped four spots to No. 24 after defeating South Carolina on Saturday to snap a three-game losing streak.
This is the 11th consecutive week Missouri has appeared in The Associated Press Top 25, with the past two weeks being its lowest pair of rankings.
Missouri (14-6, 7-6 Southeastern Conference) remained in the poll with 149 points, besting No. 25 Tennessee by four points. Oklahoma State, the highest unranked team, received 92 points.
Missouri lost at Georgia last Tuesday for its third straight loss but bounced back with a 93-78 victory at South Carolina over the weekend.
The highest-ranked SEC team, Alabama, checked in at No. 6. Arkansas is the next-ranked league team at No. 20. After Missouri and Tennessee, LSU picked up 32 points, which would put the Bayou Bengals No. 30 in the country.
Other rankings of note for Missouri fans: No. 5 Illinois and No. 17 Kansas. Oregon would have been No. 29 if the poll extended that far. Wichita State also picked up six points.
The Tigers appeared on 30 of the 64 ballots this week, with longtime ESPN analyst Dick Vitale giving Missouri its highest individual ranking at No. 14. Missouri's most common ranking was six votes each at Nos. 22 and 24.
Missouri enters the week No. 39 in the NET rankings, while slipping out of the coaches poll completely. The Tigers were the highest vote-getter not ranked among the coaches.
Unbeaten Gonzaga, Baylor remain atop rankings in quiet week
Gonzaga’s bid for a wire-to-wire run at No. 1 keeps chugging along.
Baylor is still right there with the Zags.
Gonzaga received 60 first-place votes in the newest AP poll, picking up one vote from last week. The second-ranked Bears received the other four first-place votes in a week of little change.
Gonzaga and Baylor have been 1-2 all season.
Michigan, Ohio State and Illinois rounded out the top five for the second straight week. The Buckeyes held their ground despite losing 92-87 to the Wolverines on Saturday.
The Zags (22-0, 13-0 West Coast Conference) ran over Saint Mary’s and San Diego last week in their bid to become the first wire-to-wire No. 1 since Kentucky in 2014-15.
Gonzaga has won 26 consecutive games after blowing out San Diego 106-69 on Saturday and hasn't really been tested despite playing one of the nation’s toughest schedules.
Baylor (17-0, 9-0 Big 12 Conference) held its season-long spot at No. 2 despite having three more games postponed due to COVID-19 issues. The Bears have not played since beating Texas on Feb. 2 and have had eight games postponed this season.
Baylor is scheduled to play Iowa State on Tuesday.
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