AP Top 25: Illinois Ranked No. 23

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For the first time this season, Illinois is ranked.

The AP rankings came out this afternoon, as they do every Monday, and finally, they included the name we've been waiting to see. Right there next to No. 23, in all it's wonder, ILLINOIS.

Illinois cracked the rankings for the first time this season after knocking on the door for two weeks at fake Nos. 26 and 27.

Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State held their ground in the top 5, staying at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. Iowa, at No. 20, and Illinois round out the remaining ranked Big Ten teams. If Illinois can manage to knock off Wisconsin this week AT Wisconsin, expect that No. 23 to shift a little closer to the top ten.

AP Poll

Rank Team Record Points
1 Arizona (60) 15-0 1,620
2 Syracuse (5) 14-0 1,550
3 Ohio State 15-0 1,470
4 Wisconsin 15-0 1,427
5 Michigan State 13-1 1,378
6 Wichita State 15-0 1,203
7 Baylor 12-1 1,169
8 Villanova 13-1 1,141
9 Iowa State 13-0 1,076
10 Florida 11-2 1,052
11 Oklahoma State 12-2 934
12 Louisville 13-2 825
13 San Diego State 12-1 823
14 Kentucky 10-3 808
15 Colorado 13-2 752
16 Duke 11-3 745
17 Oregon 13-1 715
18 Kansas 9-4 367
19 Massachusetts 12-1 364
20 Iowa 12-3 261
21 Missouri 12-1 247
22 Gonzaga 14-2 241
23 Illinois 13-2 178
24 Memphis 10-3 126
25 Kansas State 11-3 112
  • Others receiving votes: Cincinnati 103, Creighton 82, North Carolina 79, UCLA 79, Pittsburgh 44, Connecticut 41, Harvard 41, Saint Louis 19, Oklahoma 15, Michigan 11, George Washington 9, Southern Methodist 9, Xavier 3, Notre Dame 3, Toledo 2, Arkansas 1
  • Fell from rankings: Connecticut 17, North Carolina 19

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