Illini ranked 13th

Illini ranked 13th

Aided by a win against Georgia Tech in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and losses by teams ranked higher in the polls, Illinois moved up to No. 13 in the most recent Associated Press poll released on Monday.

John Groce's squad checked in at No. 14 in the coaches' poll.

It's the highest ranking for Illinois since they were 16th midway through the 2010-11 season. 

Here's a look at the complete AP poll:

Record Pts Prv

 1. Indiana (45) 8-0 1,605 1

 2. Duke (20) 8-0 1,577 2

 3. Michigan 7-0 1,467 3

 4. Syracuse 5-0 1,384 6

 5. Louisville 6-1 1,332 5

 6. Florida 6-0 1,324 7

 7. Ohio St. 5-1 1,254 4

 8. Arizona 5-0 1,190 9

 9. Kansas 6-1 1,079 10

10. Gonzaga 8-0 1,054 12

11. Cincinnati 7-0 919 17

12. Missouri 6-1 866 16

13. Illinois 8-0 654 22

14. Minnesota 8-1 584 21

15. Georgetown 5-1 545 20

16. Creighton 7-1 469 11

17. San Diego St. 5-1 410 23

18. New Mexico 8-0 402 25

19. Michigan St. 6-2 347 13

20. North Carolina 6-2 321 14

21. UNLV 5-1 285 24

22. Notre Dame 7-1 278 —

23. Oklahoma St. 5-1 263 15

24. Wichita St. 8-0 245 —

25. NC State 4-2 234 18

Others receiving votes: Kentucky 186, Virginia Tech 170, Pittsburgh 164, Oregon 155, Alabama 96, UConn 92, Baylor 49, Colorado 44, Boise St. 22, Butler 18, Maryland 9, Temple 9, Miami 7, Colorado St. 5, Wyoming 5, Murray St. 4, LSU 1, Marquette 1.

And the other:

USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Poll
The top 25 teams in the USA Today-ESPN men’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 2, points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:
    Record    Pts    Pvs
 1. Indiana (25)    8-0    768    1
 2. Duke (6)    8-0    749    2
 3. Michigan    7-0    701    3
 4. Syracuse    5-0    660    5
 5. Florida    6-0    629    7
 6. Louisville    6-1    612    6
 7. Ohio State    5-1    598    4
 8. Arizona    5-0    564    9
 9. Kansas    6-1    534    10
10. Gonzaga    8-0    522    12
11. Missouri    6-1    427    15
12. Cincinnati    7-0    415    16
13. Creighton    7-1    299    11
14. Illinois    8-0    283    22
15. San Diego State    5-1    270    21
16. North Carolina    6-2    248    13
17. Michigan State    6-2    222    14
18. UNLV    5-1    210    20
19. Kentucky    4-3    196    8
20. New Mexico    8-0    182    23
21. Minnesota    8-1    149    —
22. Oklahoma State    5-1    122    17
23. Georgetown    5-1    121    25
24. N.C. State    4-2    115    18
25. Notre Dame    7-1    92    —
Others receiving votes: Pittsburgh 89, Wichita State 47, Colorado 41, Oregon 40, UConn 38, Virginia Tech 38, Alabama 27, Baylor 18, Wyoming 9, Kansas State 8, Murray State 7, Butler 6, Miami 5, Mississippi 5, Colorado State 3, Memphis 3, Boise State 2, VCU 1.

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penniless wrote on December 03, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Good for Illini.Shame on the pollsters.It makes one wonder if anyone is watching the games or just reading the Media clippings only. 4 cup cakes,2 the Whos,2 the Might be,equal 8 wins not  13 in the polls.Thats ok,the whole list is flawed,from top to bottom.2 months from now and read it again,then laugh.

Amen wrote on December 03, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Good for the Illini.  I watched the Arizona game the other day and in the run to tie the score I saw very little difference between the syle of play implemented by Coach Groce and the Illini as they were working hard to win the game.  These Illini play that hard the whole game.

rlouizjr wrote on December 03, 2012 at 3:12 pm
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Im ok with the ranking im looking to see how we handle Mizzou and Gonzaga defensively  actually. I think  will score this way all year and to have some lulls but the key to us winning is the maturation of the sophs and Joetales growing into his talent level and of course the freedom that tyler has shown helps his game grow so well. Its awesome. We do need help down low.Wake up Ibby and Mike grow   some real fast.........If we win like that i bet this makes that other  Simeon recruit reconsider his home state if we get a big ten championship.....

aaeismacgychel wrote on December 03, 2012 at 6:12 pm

I think the big jump to #13 was primarily in response to the big Illinois-Gonzaga game coming up this weekend. Since that is being penned as the Game of the Week by the pundits, having a #10 vs. #13 is a bit sexier sounding matchup than even a #10 vs. #18, so I think that is why Illinois has been prematurely jumped so high. This is fairly typical of what precedes a big matchup. If Illinois wins @Gonzaga, they will definitely be deserving of the #13 ranking. If they lose, they will likely be dropped down to around 22 or 23. So it all works out in the end.