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2011 College Basketball Rankings: Missouri Tigers Hit No. 10

New Missouri Tigers head coach Frank Haith couldn't ask for a better start to his first season in Columbia, as the Tigers have now jumped three spots to No. 10 in this week's USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. The Tigers (7-0), along with the Xavier Musketeers, were able to take advantage of losses by the Florida Gators and Wisconsin Badgers to ascend into the Top 10.

The Tigers, who are the second highest ranked Big 12 team after the Baylor Bears, are up in New York City to take on the Villanova Wildcats on Tuesday, Dec. 6 in Madison Square Garden. Though the Wildcats are currently unranked, the game will be Missouri's toughest test before the annual Bragging Rights game vs. the Illinois Fighting Illini three days before Christmas. Here is the full Top 10:

  1. Kentucky Wildcats
  2. Ohio State Buckeyes
  3. Syracuse Orange
  4. Louisville Cardinals
  5. Duke Blue Devils
  6. North Carolina Tar Heels
  7. Baylor Bears
  8. Xavier Musketeers
  9. Connecticut Huskies
  10. Missouri Tigers

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