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

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06: Matt Pressey #3 of the Missouri Tigers controls the ball against the Villanova Wildcats during the Jimmy V Men's Basketball Classic at Madison Square Garden on December 6, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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

The latest rankings from the USAToday Coaches Poll has the Missouri Tigers (16-1) once again climbing the Top 25, now reaching the No. 5 slot.

After earning a No. 9 ranking last week, the Tigers did little to impress on the court, beating two unranked teams by not-so-impressive margins, but instead benefited from the struggles of other highly-ranked teams -- including the Ohio St. Buckeyes (dropping from No. 5 to No. 6), the North Carolina Tar Heels (No. 3 to 8), the Michigan St. Spartans (No. 7 to 9) and the Indiana Hoosiers (No. 8 to 13).

The Tigers square off against the Texas A&M Aggies on Monday night in another Big 12 Conference matchup.

Rank
Team (first-place votes)
Record
Points
Last week
1.
Syracuse (31)
19-0
775
1
2.
Kentucky
17-1
742
2
3.
Baylor
17-0
714
4
4.
Duke
15-2
654
6
5.
Missouri
16-1
629
9
6.
Ohio State
16-3
619
5
7.
Kansas
14-3
591
10
8.
North Carolina
15-3
569
3
9.
Michigan State
15-3
509
7
10.
Murray State
18-0
449
14
11.
Connecticut
14-3
416
16
12.
Georgetown
14-3
410
11
13.
Indiana
15-3
358
8
14.
Florida
14-4
304
19
15.
Mississippi State
15-3
288
20
16.
San Diego State
15-2
282
22
17.
Virginia
14-2
269
17
18.
Creighton
16-2
260
21
19.
Michigan
14-4
259
13
20.
UNLV
16-3
252
12
21.
Louisville
14-4
130
15
22.
Marquette
14-4
119
24
23.
Saint Mary's
17-2
100
NR
24.
Harvard
15-2
61
25
25.
Illinois
15-3
58
NR
Dropped out
No. 18 Kansas State, No. 23 Gonzaga.
Others receiving votes
Vanderbilt (13-4) 47; Kansas State (12-4) 46; New Mexico (15-2) 41; Wisconsin (14-5) 27; Gonzaga (14-3) 21; Middle Tennessee (17-2) 21; Seton Hall (15-3) 16; West Virginia (13-5) 13; Wichita State (15-3) 13; Alabama (13-4) 7; Nevada (14-3) 3; California (15-4) 2; Brigham Young (15-4) 1.

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