For the second straight week, the Missouri womenís basketball team dropped in the Associated Press Top 25.
Last week, the Tigers fell from No. 11 to No. 14. On Monday, they slid down two more spots to No. 16. Itís the lowest ranking for Robin Pingetonís squad since holding the same slot the week of Dec. 25.
Missouriís most recent drop comes after going 1-1 in the Southeastern Conference Tournament last week. The Tigers (24-7, 11-5 SEC) defeated Mississippi 59-50 on Thursday in the tournamentís second round in Nashville, Tennessee, but lost to then-No. 19 Georgia 55-41 in the quarterfinals on Friday.
Along with the dip in the AP poll, the Tigers have slid in the latest NCAA Tournament projections. ESPNís Charlie Creme predicts Missouri to be a No. 5 seed in the Lexington Region. If that prediction holds true on Selection Monday, which is March 12, the Tigers will not host opening-round games, as only seeds No. 1 through 4 host first- and second-round games.
In addition to Missouri, six other SEC teams were ranked in Mondayís poll. South Carolina, Texas A&M and Georgia rose to No. 7, No. 14 and No. 18, respectively. Tennessee and LSU held firm at No. 12 and No. 24, respectively, while Mississippi State fell two spots to No. 4 after losing to the Gamecocks in the SEC Tournament championship game.
Missouri wonít play again until the NCAA Tournament, assuming the Tigers make the cut. The tournament starts on March 16 and 17, and Missouri will learn its fate concerning the tournament on March 12.
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