Memphis at Top After Destroying Southern Miss

No. 3 Kansas sinks Missouri, No. 12 Butler dispatches Youngstown
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2008 5:49 AM CST
Kansas' Sherron Collins, left, and Darnell Jackson, right, try to stop Missouri's Stefhon Hannah, center, from passing the ball during the first half of a basketball game Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008, in Columbia,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The second-ranked Memphis Tigers burst into first place last night with a resounding 83-47 shutting down of Southern Miss, reports the Commercial Appeal. With 19 points, Chris Douglas-Roberts led his Tigers to their 17th straight win. Though the ranking isn't official yet, Memphis is already celebrating its first No. 1 in 25 years. Elsewhere in college hoops:

  • If the Tigers don't get the top ranking, it'll be No. 3 Kansas moving up after a 76-70 win over Missouri on a true team effort by the Jayhawks.
  • No. 12 Butler bypassed Youngstown State 78-69 off stellar performances by Matt Howard and Pete Campbell, and a near triple-double from Mike Green.