Alabama basketball receives highest AP Top 25 ranking in 20 years after Missouri win

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama basketball keeps winning SEC games in impressive fashion, so the Crimson Tide keeps moving up in the polls.

Alabama is ranked No. 2 in the latest AP Top 25 released Monday. The Crimson Tide had been ranked No. 4. Purdue got the No. 1 spot, receiving 39 first-place votes. The Crimson Tide picked up 23 first-place votes.

The Crimson Tide hasn't been ranked this high since the 2002-03 season.

Alabama is also No. 2 in USA TODAY Sports coaches poll. The Crimson Tide were also No. 4 last week.

Alabama has won eight straight games, seven of which have been in SEC play. Nate Oats' team is the last squad undefeated in conference play after Texas A&M fell to Kentucky last week.

The Crimson Tide is fresh off an 85-64 victory over Missouri. Alabama beat Vanderbilt 78-66 earlier in the week. Alabama (17-2, 7-0 SEC) has won every SEC game by double digits.

Next up for the Crimson Tide is Mississippi State (12-7, 1-6) on Wednesday (8 p.m., SEC Network) at Coleman Coliseum. Alabama faced the Bulldogs in the first game of SEC play at the end of December. The Crimson Tide won that game 78-67 in Starkville.

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