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NCAA Basketball Rankings: Missouri Falls Back To No. 8 In AP Poll

The Missouri Tigers (25-4, 12-4) had a tough week. The Mizzou basketball team started the 2011-12 NCAA season with an impressive 14-0 record, and when they lost twice in January, they still found a way to stay firmly planted in the No. 3 overall position.

Not so after this week. The Tigers lost twice, double their loss total, as they fell to both the unranked Kansas St. Wildcats (19-9, 8-8) and the now-No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks (24-5, 12-4). Not only did the losses bump the Tigers down to No. 8 in the AP Poll and No. 7 in the Coaches Poll, but they also vaulted the Jayhawks into the lead in the Big 12 Conference standings.

Mizzou has only two games remaining in the regular season: the Iowa St. Cyclones (21-8, 11-5) on Wednesday and the Texas Tech Red Raiders (8-20, 1-15) on Saturday, making their chances at gaining ground late in the regular season rather slim.

Here is a look at the current AP Poll Top 10 standings:

Rank Team (1st-place votes) Record Previous
1 Kentucky (63) 28-1 1
2 Syracuse (2) 29-1 2
3 Kansas 24-5 4
4 Duke 25-4 5
5 Michigan State 24-5 6
6 North Carolina 25-4 7
7 Missouri 25-4 3
8 Marquette 24-5 10
9 Baylor 24-5 13
10 Ohio State 23-6 8

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