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College Basketball Rankings: Missouri Tigers Hold At No. 8, Billikens Remain Close

The Missouri Tigers remain in the Top 10 while the Saint Louis Billikens keep close to a return to the Top 25.

COLUMBIA, MO - DECEMBER 15:  Phil Pressey #1 of the Missouri Tigers drives during the game against the Kennesaw State Owls on December 15, 2011 at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, MO - DECEMBER 15: Phil Pressey #1 of the Missouri Tigers drives during the game against the Kennesaw State Owls on December 15, 2011 at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The latest USAToday / Coaches Poll has the No. 8 Missouri Tigers (12-0) holding strong. The Tigers added a pair of wins last week, beating the William & Mary Tribe (1-10) 94-56 on Sunday, and then knocking the Illinois Fighting Illini (11-2) out of the top 25, beating them 78-74 on Thursday.

Mizzou finishes the 2011 year with a 6:00 PM CST matchup against the Old Dominion Monarchs on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Saint Louis Billikens (10-1) remain on the cusp of the Top 25 with a 22-point showing in the Coaches Poll, good for 28th best. The Billikens -- undefeated in December (4-0) -- close out the year against the Texas Southern Tigers on Tuesday and the New Mexico Lobos on Saturday.

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

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