Today's Top 25s: Illini up to 11th

Illinois will enter Big Ten play as the country's 11th-ranked team.

John Groce's team moved up one notch in today's AP Top 25 (first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 30, 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. Duke (63)    12-0    1,623    1
 2. Michigan (2)    13-0    1,547    2
 3. Arizona    12-0    1,474    3
 4. Louisville    12-1    1,434    4
 5. Indiana    12-1    1,378    5
 6. Kansas    11-1    1,313    6
 7. Syracuse    11-1    1,197    9
 8. Ohio St.    10-2    1,079    10
 9. Minnesota    12-1    978    11
10. Gonzaga    12-1    946    13
11. Illinois    13-1    929    12
12. Missouri    10-2    912    7
13. Florida    9-2    810    14
14. Cincinnati    12-1    761    8
15. Georgetown    10-1    718    15
16. Creighton    12-1    629    16
17. Butler    10-2    591    18
18. Michigan St.    11-2    447    19
19. San Diego St.    11-2    437    17
20. New Mexico    13-1    389    —
21. Notre Dame    12-1    361    21
22. Oklahoma St.    10-1    333    22
23. NC State    10-2    270    23
24. Pittsburgh    12-1    219    24
25. Kansas St.    10-2    149    25
Others receiving votes: UNLV 52, North Carolina 38, Wyoming 28, Temple 21, VCU 15, Kentucky 13, Wichita St. 11, UConn 9, UCLA 6, Maryland 5, Oregon 3.
Ballots Online: http://tinyurl.com/43u6jr6

Here’s how college basketball beat writer Marcus Jackson’s AP Top 25 ballot — which he submitted Sunday night — looked like:
1. Duke
2. Michigan
3. Louisville
4. Arizona
5. Indiana
6. Kansas
7. Syracuse
8. Ohio State
9. Minnesota
10. Missouri
11. Georgetown
12. Illinois
13. Gonzaga
14. Florida
15. San Diego State
16. Pittsburgh
17. Butler
18. New Mexico
19. Cincinnati
20. Oklahoma State
21. Notre Dame
22. Creighton
23. North Carolina State
24. Michigan State
25. UNLV

In the coaches poll, Illinois is 14th:

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. 30, 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. Duke (30)    12-0    774    1
 2. Michigan (1)    13-0    744    2
 3. Arizona    12-0    692    3
 4. Louisville    12-1    678    3
 5. Indiana    12-1    654    5
 6. Kansas    11-1    643    6
 7. Syracuse    11-1    575    7
 8. Ohio State    10-2    530    10
 9. Florida    9-2    451    11
10. Gonzaga    12-1    439    13
11. Creighton    12-1    436    12
12. Missouri    10-2    420    9
13. Minnesota    12-1    417    14
14. Illinois    13-1    358    15
15. Cincinnati    12-1    352    8
16. Georgetown    10-1    281    18
17. San Diego State    11-2    242    16
18. Michigan State    11-2    228    19
19. Notre Dame    12-1    201    20
20. Butler    10-2    194    21
21. Oklahoma State    10-1    146    22
22. Pittsburgh    12-1    124    24
23. New Mexico    13-1    109    —
24. UNLV    11-2    100    17
25. N.C. State    10-2    95    25
Others receiving votes: VCU 36, Kansas State 35, North Carolina 34, Kentucky 31, Wyoming 30, Wichita State 7, Colorado 6, Maryland 5, UConn 3, UCLA 2, Bucknell 1, Colorado State 1, Temple 1.
 

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