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Who are the real Missouri Tigers?

Polls have them top-10, stats guys have them in the 40s -- what's the reality?

Originally Published: December 16, 2010
By John Gasaway | Special to ESPN Insider
Getty ImagesMarcus Denmon is averaging 16.4 ppg for the Tigers.

For all the talk of computers versus humans in terms of various college basketball rankings, the amazing thing is how often the two different types of ratings actually agree.

For instance, right now you'll find teams like the Duke Blue Devils, Kansas Jayhawks and Ohio State Buckeyes holding down the top of any ratings, whether those rankings were done by coaches, writers or a piece of software.

There are, however, exceptions to this rule -- and right now no team is occasioning more disagreement than the 8-1 Missouri Tigers. Mike Anderson's team is ranked No. 12 in the latest ESPN/USA Today coaches poll, but through games of Dec. 15 the rating system created by Ken Pomeroy had Mizzou pegged as merely the 40th-best team in the country.

So, who's right?