Illini just outside Top 25

Illini just outside Top 25

After its win against then-No. 23 Missouri on Saturday in St. Louis, the Illini stil find themselves on the outside looking in when it comes to the Associated Press Top 25.

John Groce’s club received 53 points in the latest poll released on Monday, the 27th most in the country.

Missouri dropped two spots to No. 25 after its first loss of the season, receiving 16 more points than Illinois.

Four Big Ten teams are ranked in the Top 25, led by No. 3 Ohio State, No. 4 Wisconsin and No. 5 Michigan State. Iowa checks in at No. 22.

The last time the Illini were ranked was the week of Jan. 13 when they would go on to lose at home to Northwestern.

Here’s a look at the complete AP poll and how The News-Gazette’s Marcus Jackson voted on his AP ballot this week. 

 

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place

votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 22, 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. Arizona (63)          12-0  1,623   1

2. Syracuse (2)          11-0  1,528   2

3. Ohio St.              12-0  1,462   3

4. Wisconsin             12-0  1,390   4

5. Michigan St.          10-1  1,336   5

6. Louisville            11-1  1,274   6

7. Oklahoma St.          11-1  1,221   7

8. Villanova             11-0  1,116   8

9. Duke                   9-2  1,108   8

10. Wichita St.           12-0    981  11

11. Baylor                10-1    970  12

12. Oregon                11-0    914  13

13. Florida                9-2    881  16

14. Iowa St.               9-0    804  17

15. UConn                 10-1    661  10

16. Kansas                 8-3    659  18

17. Memphis                8-2    630  15

18. Kentucky               9-3    529  19

19. North Carolina         8-3    413  14

20. San Diego St.          9-1    378  24

21. Colorado              10-2    345  20

22. Iowa                  11-2    278  25

23. UMass                 10-1    154  22

24. Gonzaga               10-2     79  21

25. Missouri              10-1     69  23

Others receiving votes: Oklahoma 65, Illinois 53, Texas 47, George Washington 43, Toledo 27, Florida St. 23, Michigan 15, Harvard 14, UCLA 14, Saint Mary's (Cal) 8, Pittsburgh 6, Creighton 5, LSU 1, SMU 1.

The News-Gazette's Top 25:

1. Arizona

2. Syracuse

3. Ohio State

4. Wisconsin

5. Villanova

6. Michigan State

7. Oklahoma State

8. Baylor

9. Florida

10. Louisville

11. Memphis

12. Oregon

13. Kansas

14. Duke

15. Connecticut

16. Colorado

17. Iowa State

18. Wichita State

19. North Carolina

20. Kentucky

21. San Diego State

22. Massachusetts

23. Iowa

24. George Washington

25. Texas

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