Illini: Not Top 25 material - yet

A four-game Big Ten winning streak hasn't been enough to get Illinois back into the Top 25. In fact, Minnesota remains ahead of the Illini.

Indiana has held on to the No. 1 spot in The Associated Press’ Top 25 for the third straight week.

Michigan State rose from eighth to No. 4 and was followed by Florida, Duke, Michigan, Syracuse, Kansas and Louisville.

VCU was the only newcomer to the poll this week. The Rams, who had been out of the rankings the last three weeks, moved in at No. 24. The only team to fall out of the rankings was Kentucky, which was No. 25 and dropped out after losing Florida and Tennessee last week.

AP TOP 25

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 17, 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 (43)    23-3    1,597    1
 2. Miami (20)    21-3    1,571    3
 3. Gonzaga (2)    25-2    1,428    5
 4. Michigan St.    22-4    1,416    8
 5. Florida    21-3    1,387    7
 6. Duke    22-3    1,308    2
 7. Michigan    22-4    1,264    4
 8. Syracuse    21-4    1,125    6
 9. Kansas    21-4    1,077    14
10. Louisville    21-5    1,011    12
11. Georgetown    19-4    952    15
12. Arizona    21-4    924    9
13. Kansas St.    20-5    848    10
14. Oklahoma St.    19-5    786    17
15. Butler    21-5    659    11
16. New Mexico    22-4    654    19
17. Marquette    18-6    524    18
18. Ohio St.    18-7    458    13
19. Wisconsin    18-8    406    20
20. Pittsburgh    20-6    370    16
21. Memphis    22-3    362    22
22. Colorado St.    21-4    307    24
23. Oregon    21-5    216    23
24. VCU    21-5    123    —
25. Notre Dame    20-6    79    21
Others receiving votes: Saint Louis 58, Minnesota 52, Louisiana Tech 48, Illinois 46, Cincinnati 20, NC State 20, Akron 16, Missouri 4, Middle Tennessee 3, Maryland 2, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 2, Creighton 1, Wichita St. 1.
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USA Today Top 25 Poll
The top 25 teams in the USA Today men’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 17, 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 (19)    23-3    757    2
 2. Miami (7)    21-3    728    4
 3. Gonzaga (3)    25-2    710    3
 4. Florida (2)    21-3    685    6
 5. Michigan State    22-4    658    8
 6. Duke    22-3    594    1
 7. Michigan    22-4    561    5
 8. Syracuse    21-4    541    7
 9. Kansas    21-4    518    13
10. Louisville    21-5    511    12
11. Georgetown    19-4    457    15
12. Arizona    21-4    415    9
13. Kansas State    20-5    365    11
14. Oklahoma State    19-5    351    16
15. Butler    21-5    321    10
16. New Mexico    22-4    299    18
17. Wisconsin    18-8    258    19
18. Ohio State    18-7    239    14
19. Memphis    22-3    191    25
20. Marquette    18-6    190    20
21. Colorado State    21-4    182    24
22. Pittsburgh    20-6    161    17
23. Oregon    21-5    92    —
24. VCU    21-5    91    —
25. Notre Dame    20-6    50    21
Others receiving votes: Saint Louis 23, Akron 19, Saint Mary’s 19, Cincinnati 16, Creighton 16, Middle Tennessee 15, Louisiana Tech 12, Illinois 9, Minnesota 7, San Diego State 3, UCLA 3, Wichita State 3, Missouri 2, Oklahoma 2, Kentucky 1.

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stumblefoot wrote on February 18, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Take care of business Thursday, pull the upset Sunday, and we'll not only be back in the Top 25, but possibly the Top 20.

Bear8287 wrote on February 18, 2013 at 12:02 pm

ESPN needs to go back to the drawing board with their BPI.

They surely do love the Pac-12 though.  Here's how their strength of schedule rankings fall out.

1. USC
3. Colorado
8. Stanford
11. UCLA
13. Cal
15. Arizona
16. Washington

7 out of the top 16 BPI SOS rankings went to the Pac-12. Not too shabby for a conference that managed to put one (1!) team in this week's AP Top 16 (#12 Arizona) and only two in the Top 25 (including #23 Oregon).

Where does Illinois' SOS fall according to the BPI?  57th...

Is this ESPN's idea of a joke? Even as a joke, it's still a bad one.

Go Illini!

IlliniMike05 wrote on February 19, 2013 at 11:02 am

Agreed. It's a total nonsense number. The only real use I've seen from it so far is in showing the variance between a team's mean performance and their highs/lows. Not surprisingly, Illinois shows the highest variance of any team in the BPI's top 85. But you're right, it's flawed beyond any usefulness. It's not hard to look at a team's results and see how much they've fluctuated up or down on a game-to-game basis from their average.

ArchIllini wrote on February 18, 2013 at 1:02 pm

That's fine with me.  This allows the team to play with a chip on their shoulder.  As long as they know they can win and we know they can win, who cares what the polls say.  Go Illini!

geriatricillini wrote on February 19, 2013 at 12:02 pm

I agree with arch...polls seem to not mean much this year... we should welcome being unranked...gives the Illini an edge and the above mentioned and proverbial chip on the shoulder thing...sometimes that # in front of your name becomes a big bullseye for the opponent..remember PSU almost caught the sleep walking Wolverines in Ann Arbor in their last game..we don't want that to happen here do we?