Missouri up to No. 3 in coaches' poll

Updated: March 12, 2012, 3:06 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Missouri moved up two spots to No. 3 in the final regular-season ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll after the top four teams in the previous week's rankings all lost in their conference tournaments.

Despite their ranking -- and one first-place vote -- the Tigers (30-4) received a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament Sunday. Selection committee chairman Jeff Hathaway said that Missouri, the Big 12 tourney champ, was not a serious contender for a No. 1 seed because of a weak nonconference schedule.

Kentucky (32-2) remained at No. 1 and received the other 30 first-place votes, even after losing Sunday to No. 24 Vanderbilt in the SEC championship. No. 2 Syracuse (31-2) stayed put despite losing to Cincinnati on Friday in the Big East quarterfinals.

Big Ten tournament champion Michigan State (27-7) moved up four spots to No. 4, and North Carolina dropped one place to No. 5 after losing the ACC championship Sunday to No. 12 Florida State.

Kentucky, North Carolina, Syracuse and Michigan State received the top seeds in the NCAA tournament.

No. 6 Kansas (27-6) plummeted three spots after falling to No. 10 Baylor in the Big 12 semifinals Friday.

No. 7 Ohio State, No. 8 Duke and No. 9 Murray State round out the top 10. The Racers earned a No. 6 seed in the tournament.

Louisville went from unranked to No. 18 after winning the Big East tournament Saturday.

No. 22 New Mexico and Vanderbilt also moved into the top 25 while Notre Dame, Temple and Gonzaga fell out.

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