After a dominant 10-game run through the first part of their non-conference schedule, the undefeated Missouri Tigers are at No. 9 in the AP poll and No. 8 in the coaches poll.
However, none of their first ten opponents are ranked, which is why Missouri is still barely in the top ten. They'll get a chance to add a signature non-conference victory over No. 22 Illinois on Dec. 22.
Conversely, the Kansas Jayhawks have one of the most impressive wins in the country -- a home victory over No. 2 Ohio State -- but their two tough losses to Duke and Kentucky have them right outside the top ten in the latest polls: No. 12 in the AP and No. 11 in the coaches.
With senior guard Tyshawn Taylor out for the next few weeks after knee surgery, Kansas will try to survive a lighter slate of non-conference opponents, including Davidson, USC and Notre Dame, before the start of Big 12 play in 2012.
Both schools are ranked behind Baylor, the Big 12's most highly rated school at No. 6/No. 7 in the latest polls.
The 7-1 Kansas State Wildcats, after an impressive 71-58 victory over Alabama in Kansas City on Saturday, received a significant amount of votes in both polls.