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

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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
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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