Mizzou ranked 6th in preseason poll

The expectations are high for Quin Snyder's club for the upcoming season. First, Mizzou was picked to win the Big 12 by the conference coaches. Now, the ESPN/USA Today poll picks the Tigers to be the sixth best team in the land.

Columbia, Mo. - The University of Missouri men's basketball team was ranked sixth in the nation according to the first official poll of the season, as the ESPN/USA Today Preseason Poll was released this evening.

The No. 6-ranking is the highest the Tigers have been ranked in a preseason poll in school history. Mizzou has been ranked as high as eighth in the Associated Press Preseason poll, with the 2003-04 version of those rankings scheduled to come out in the coming days.

Late last week, Mizzou was pegged to win the Big 12 Championship by the Big 12 coaches with the preseason media poll set for release next Tuesday. The poll has Mizzou, which went 22-11 last year and recorded the a first-round win in the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year, as the country's sixth-best squad, with the University of Connecticut taking the top spot.

The rankings also served as reaffirmation that Mizzou will be playing one of the toughest schedules in America this season. Seven Tiger opponents (No. 5 Kansas, No. 7 Syracuse, No. 11 Texas, No. 12 Gonzaga, No. 13 Illinois, No. 15 Oklahoma and No. 24 Oklahoma State) earned spots in the pre-season poll. In addition, a total of eight Big 12 teams either were ranked or received votes in the poll.

Tiger head coach Quin Snyder and seniors Rickey Paulding, Travon Bryant and Josh Kroenke participated in Big 12 Media Day today in Dallas. Quotes from the day are posted at www.Big12sports.com.

Following two exhibition games on Nov. 10 and Nov. 18, Mizzou will open its season Nov. 29 when it takes on Oakland University in Detroit. For single-game and season ticket information for Tiger Basketball, log on to www.mutigers.com or call 1 (800) CAT PAWS or (573) 884 PAWS in mid-Missouri. Immediately following this release is a complete ESPN/USA Today Preseason Poll:

USA TODAY/ESPN TOP 25 COACHES' POLL Oct. 30, 2003 The Top 25 PRESEASON men's basketball coaches poll, with team's final 2002-03 records in parentheses, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, ranking in last seasons final's poll and first-place votes received:

Last season's First-place

Rank School (record) Points final rank votes

1. Connecticut (23-10) 762 11 25

2. Duke (26-7) 697 9 3

3. Michigan State (22-13) 677 18 1

4. Arizona (28-4) 638 5 0

5. Kansas (30-8) 589 2 0

6. Missouri (22-11) 560 22 0

7. Syracuse (30-5) 533 1 1

8. Florida (25-8) 507 16 0

9. Kentucky (32-4) 498 4 0

10. North Carolina (19-13) 493 not ranked 1

11. Texas (26-7) 461 3 0

12. Gonzaga (24-9) 403 not ranked 0

13. Illinois (25-7) 399 13 (tie) 0

14. Wisconsin (24-8) 392 13 (tie) 0

15. Oklahoma (27-7) 353 7 0

16. Louisville (25-7) 291 19 0

17. Stanford (24-9) 258 20 0

18. St. Joseph's (23-7) 244 not ranked 0

19. (tie) Cincinnati (17-12) 225 not ranked 0

19. (tie) Notre Dame (24-10) 225 15 0

21. Wake Forest (25-6) 216 12 0

22. Pittsburgh (28-5) 148 8 0

23. Marquette (27-6) 78 6 0

24. Oklahoma State (22-10) 61 24 0

25. Maryland (21-10) 46 10 0

Others receiving votes (2002-03 record): Oregon (23-10) 33; North Carolina State (18-13) 30; Xavier (26-6) 30; Utah (25-8) 29; Colorado (20-12) 25; Auburn (22-12) 23; Brigham Young (23-9) 20; California (22-9) 19; Purdue (19-11) 16; Texas Tech (22-13) 12; Arizona State (20-12) 10; Memphis (23-7) 10; Ohio State (17-15) 10; Dayton (25-6) 8; Charlotte (13-16) 6; Providence (18-14) 5; Creighton (29-5) 4; LSU (21-11) 4; Akron (14-14) 3; Colorado State (19-14) 3; Louisiana-Lafayette (20-10) 3; Seton Hall (17-13) 3; Bowling Green (13-16) 2; Temple (18-16) 2; Tennessee (17-12) 2; Utah State (24-9) 2; Wichita State (18-12) 2; Illinois-Chicago (21-9) 1; Indiana (21-13) 1; Manhattan (23-7) 1; Minnesota (19-14) 1; UNLV (21-11) 1.

Tiger Tidbit

There are currently eight schools around the country that have both their football team ranked (Oct. 27 ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Football Poll) and their men's basketball team ranked (Pre-Season ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Basketball Poll), and four of them are Big 12 schools ...

Here's the list:

School FB BB

Michigan St. 10 3

Missouri 24 6

Florida 21 8

Texas 16 11

Oklahoma 1 15

Louisville 25 16

Pittsburgh 23 22

Oklahoma St. 15 24


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