KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 22: Kim English #24 of the Missouri Tigers celebrates after the Tigers defeated the Cal Golden Bears 92-53 to win the Progressive CBE Classic tournament on November 22, 2011 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

NCAA Basketball 2012: Mizzou Slides To No. 8 In AP Poll

The Missouri Tigers continue to impress as the 2011-2012 NCAA Basketball season continues.

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NCAA Basketball Rankings: Mizzou Basketball Climbs To No. 3 In AP Poll And Coaches Poll

The Missouri Tigers have surged back into the top three after five straight tough wins.

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College Basketball Rankings: Mizzou Ranked No. 4 In AP Poll And Coaches Poll

The Missouri Tigers hold strong onto their No. 4 ranking while the the Saint Louis Billikens cling to relevancy in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

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College Basketball Rankings: Mizzou Ranked No. 2 In AP Poll

The Missouri Tigers (18-1) jump three spots to claim a No. 2 standing in the college basketball AP Poll.

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NCAA Basketball Rankings: Mizzou Reaches No. 5 In Coaches Poll

Despite a not having particularly impressive week, the Missouri Tigers jump four spots in the USAToday Coaches Poll.

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College Basketball Rankings: Missouri Tigers Jump Up In AP Poll

With wins last week over the Kennesaw State Owls and William & Mary Tribe, the Missouri Tigers didn't necessarily do much to impress the AP voters. But with the Xavier Musketeers, who were gutted by suspensions stemming from the team's on-court fight with the Cincinnati Bearcats, losing at home to Oral Roberts by 24 points, the Tigers were able to jump a spot in the AP poll to No. 9.

Mizzou will have a make-or-break game— at least as it pertains to their status as an undefeated, Top 10 team— this week when they face the Illinois Fighting Illini in this year's annual Bragging Rights game. The Illini, who dropped their first game this past Saturday to the UNLV Rebels, clock in at No. 25 in this week's poll.

Here is the full Top 25:

 

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College Basketball Rankings: St. Louis Billikins Fall From Polls, Mizzou Climbs In Coaches Poll

The Saint Louis Billikins (8-1) went from meteoric rise to falling star in the space of two weeks. After their 6-0 start, the Billikins found themselves ranked in both the Coaches Poll and the AP Poll for the first time in a long time. However, after their 68-75 loss against the Loyola Marymount Lions (5-4) November 29, the Billikins suddenly found themselves out of the top 25 in both polls, barely earning votes whatsoever.

In the AP Poll, the Billikins got 26 points, while in the Coaches Poll, St. Louis cobbled together a mere 9 points. Meanwhile, the Missouri Tigers (9-0) find themselves easing up the polls, jumping from No. 10 to No. 8 in the Coaches Poll and holding ground in the AP Poll.

Mizzou has remained undefeated through their first nine games, beating the Northwestern St. Demons, Villanova Wildcats, and Navy Midshipmen through the first two weeks of December.

Here is the top 10 from both polls:

Rank Coaches Poll AP Poll
1 Syracuse Syracuse
2 Ohio St. Ohio St.
3 Kentucky Kentucky
4 Louisville Louisville
5 Duke North Carolina
6 North Carolina Baylor
7 Baylor Duke
8 Missouri Xavier
9 Xavier Connecticut
10 Connecticut Missouri

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2011 College Basketball Rankings: St. Louis Billikens Crack Into AP Poll And Coaches Poll

The Saint Louis Billikens (6-0) have enjoyed a stunning start to the season, and now they have found their way into the No. 23 slot in the AP Poll and the No. 25 spot in the USA Today / Coaches Poll. The Billikens have not reached a post-season tournament since they made back-to-back appearances in the NIT during the 2002 through 2004 seasons, but, after their surprising undefeated start this season, they appear poised for a strong 2011-2012 campaign.

The Billikens lurched onto the national scene following their unexpected domination of the 76 Classic, in which they beat the Boston College Eagles and the Villanova Wildcats by over 10 points each, and then bested the Oklahoma Sooners by 20 points in the finale.

Having not reached the NCAA tournament since 2000, St. Louis certainly remains a darkhorse team. The Billikens will probably have to wait until late January until they have their next big matchup -- when they face the Xavier Musketeers -- so they will likely need to remain near-perfect against lesser opponents until then.

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2011 College Basketball Rankings: Missouri Tigers Nearing Top Ten, Tar Heels Fall To No. 5

The Missouri Tigers (6-0) have made a significant leap in both the AP Poll and the USA Today / Coaches Poll, jumping from the 20s to No. 13 in both. The Tigers had a strong week, beating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the California Golden Bears, and the Binghamton Bearcats by an average of over 29 points.

The hot start, coupled by a few falls from grace -- including the Memphis Tigers who went from top ten to low 20s -- has enabled a rapid ascent into the public's favor for Mizzou. This week, Missouri faces only the Northwestern St. Demons (2-3) and thereby seems poised to at least hold its position through early December.

Meanwhile, the once-top-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels have tumbled to No. 5 following their 80-90 loss to the UNLV Runnin' Rebels last Saturday.

The AP Poll looks through today:

Rank Team Prev
1 Kentucky 2
2 Ohio State 3
3 Duke 6
4 Syracuse 5
5 North Carolina 1
6 Louisville 7
7 Baylor 9
8 Connecticut 4
9 Wisconsin 11
10 Florida 10
11 Xavier 12
12 Alabama 13
13 Missouri 21
14 Michigan 15
15 Kansas 14
16 Marquette 16
17 Pitt 17
18 UNLV NR
19 Gonzaga 19
20 Vandy 18
21 Mississippi State 24
22 Memphis 8
23 St. Louis NR
24 Cal 20
25 Texas A&M 25

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