Illini up to 10th in AP poll

Illini up to 10th in AP poll

John Groce's unbeaten Illini moved up to 10th in today's AP men's basketball poll. The Illini (10-0) beat fellow unbeaten Gonzaga on Saturday, moving into the top 10 for the first time since the next-to-last poll of 2005-06.

Indiana is No. 1 for a sixth straight week. The Hoosiers are again followed in the Top 25 by Duke, Michigan and Syracuse. The only changes in Monday’s poll is the order, not who’s ranked.

The Hoosiers (9-0) received 44 first-place votes from the 64-member national media panel. Duke (9-0) again drew the other No. 1 votes.
Florida and Louisville switched places at fifth and sixth. They were followed by Ohio State, Arizona, Kansas and Illinois.  Gonzaga dropped to 14th.

The Big Ten has the most ranked teams with six. The Big East has five and the Atlantic Coast Conference and Mountain West three each.

AP TOP 25

With first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 9, total 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    Prv
 1. Indiana (44)    9-0    1,580    1
 2. Duke (20)    9-0    1,551    2
 3. Michigan    9-0    1,444    3
 4. Syracuse    8-0    1,378    4
 5. Florida    7-0    1,319    6
 6. Louisville    8-1    1,303    5
 7. Ohio St.    6-1    1,211    7
 8. Arizona    7-0    1,178    8
 9. Kansas    7-1    1,087    9
10. Illinois    10-0    991    13
11. Cincinnati    9-0    944    11
12. Missouri    8-1    877    12
13. Minnesota    10-1    714    14
14. Gonzaga    9-1    699    10
15. Georgetown    7-1    577    15
16. Creighton    9-1    525    16
17. New Mexico    10-0    512    18
18. San Diego St.    7-1    491    17
19. Michigan St.    8-2    328    19
20. UNLV    7-1    305    21
21. North Carolina    7-2    298    20
22. Notre Dame    8-1    283    22
23. Wichita St.    9-0    280    24
24. Oklahoma St.    7-1    251    23
25. NC State    6-2    213    25
Others receiving votes: Oregon 177, Pittsburgh 177, Kentucky 44, Wyoming 15, UConn 10, Marquette 8, VCU 6, Butler 5, Maryland 5, Murray St. 4, Alabama 3, Miami 3, Virginia Tech 3, LSU 1.
Ballots Online: http://tinyurl.com/43u6jr6

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. 9, 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)    9-0    769    1
 2. Duke (6)    9-0    749    2
 3. Michigan    9-0    705    3
 4. Syracuse    10-0    663    4
 5. Florida    7-0    644    5
 6. Louisville    8-1    609    6
 7. Ohio State    6-1    586    7
 8. Arizona    7-0    568    8
 9. Kansas    7-1    537    9
10. Illinois    10-0    465    14
11. Missouri    8-1    450    11
12. Cincinnati    9-0    447    12
13. Creighton    9-1    338    13
14. Gonzaga    9-1    325    10
15. San Diego State    7-1    292    15
16. Minnesota    10-1    225    21
17. UNLV    7-1    224    18
18. North Carolina    7-2    222    16
19. Michigan State    8-2    213    17
20. New Mexico    10-0    207    20
21. Georgetown    7-1    163    23
22. Kentucky    6-3    125    19
23. Oklahoma State    7-1    116    22
24. Notre Dame    8-1    110    25
25. N.C. State    6-2    93    24
Others receiving votes: Wichita State 88, Pittsburgh 74, Oregon 32, UConn 10, Murray State 10, Wyoming 8, Butler 4, Mississippi 2, VCU 2.

Here's what Marcus Jackson's AP ballot looked like:

1. Indiana
2. Duke
3. Michigan
4. Syracuse
5. Louisville
6. Florida
7. Ohio State
8. Arizona
9. Kansas
10. Missouri
11. Illinois
12. Cincinnati
13. Minnesota
14. New Mexico
15. UNLV
16. Georgetown
17. Gonzaga
18. San Diego State
19. Pittsburgh
20. Oregon
21. Oklahoma State
22. Wichita State
23. Notre Dame
24. Creighton
25. North Carolina State

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