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NCAA Basketball Rankings: Missouri Tigers Fall Two Spots To No. 4

The latest AP College Basketball Poll has the Missouri Tigers (19-2) falling from No. 2 to No. 4 after their heartbreaking 72-79 loss to the Oklahoma St. Cowboys (10-11). The Tigers, who have undergone an incredible rise to the top in the 2011-2012 college basketball season, still remain in the Top 5 despite accruing their first two losses of the season this January.

The Tigers entered the 2012 portion of the season undefeated, but have since lost twice, once to the Kansas St. Wildcats (15-5, 40 votes) and once to the Cowboys. Missouri faces a key test this coming week as they square off against the No. 8 Kansas Jayhawks (17-4) on Saturday, Feb. 4. A win here could potentially put them back in the top two or three teams.

Related: Mizzou Slips In Coaches Poll

Meanwhile, the Saint Louis Billikens (15-5) have continued their effort to return to the Top 25, but unfortunately, their three January losses -- coupled with their weak schedule -- almost ensures they will not find a way back to the top rankings any time this season. They received no votes in the latest polling.

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