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Missouri returns to top spot; Kansas 2

Missouri is No. 1, again at the expense of Kansas. The Tigers returned to the top spot in The Associated Press college basketball poll Monday following a week in which the again beat the Jayhawks and knocked them out of the No. 1 ranking.

Missouri (24-2), second last week, beat Kansas and Oklahoma in Big Eight Conference games last week and got 61 1/2 first-place votes and 1,596 1/2 points from the nationwide panel of sports writers and broadcasters.

The Jayhawks (25-2), two-time losers to Missouri, ended their second two-week run as No. 1 with half a first-place vote and 1,510 1/2 points. Missouri and Kansas both have games at Oklahoma this week. The Sooners, ranked 10th this week, have a 43-game homecourt winning streak.

Duke (22-4) beat Stetson, East Carolina and Wake Forest last week and moved from sixth to third with 1,384 points, just one more point than UNLV (22-4), which also jumped three spots from a week ago. The Runnin' Rebels beat two ranked teams in their three victories last week: New Mexico State and Arizona.