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College Basketball Rankings: Illinois Remains Outside Top 25

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The win over UIC swayed voters only enough to bump Illinois from No. 27 to No. 26.

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois stands one spot out of the AP Top 25 following their victory over UIC on Saturday. They received 57 points, 19 less than No. 25 Mizzou, who Illinois defeated two weeks ago.

Four Big Ten teams find themselves ranked, three of which stand in the top five--No. 3 Ohio St., No. 4 Wisconsin, No. 5 Michigan St., and No. 22 Iowa. Michigan was the only other Big Ten team to receive votes, but they sit considerably lower than Illinois, receiving only seven points.

A win over the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday would almost undoubtedly propel Illinois past Mizzou and into the Top 25. But, Illinois has been ranked at the end of December each of the past three seasons, and each time, the ranking hasn't meant a thing--twice they made the tournament, once they did not.

Still, it's nice to see that little number next to "Illinois."

Also of note: No. 10 Oregon.

Check out the full rankings below.

AP Top 25

Rank Team Record Points
1 Arizona (60) 13-0 1,620
2 Syracuse (5) 12-0 1,550
3 Ohio State 13-0 1,462
4 Wisconsin 13-0 1,408
5 Michigan State 11-1 1,364
6 Oklahoma State 11-1 1,278
7 Duke 10-2 1,144
8 Wichita State 13-0 1,067
9 Baylor 10-1 1,013
10 Oregon 12-0 987
11 Villanova 11-1 943
12 Florida 10-2 915
13 Iowa State 11-0 869
14 Louisville 11-2 812
15 Kentucky 10-3 753
16 Kansas 8-3 666
17 Connecticut 11-1 647
18 Memphis 9-2 625
19 North Carolina 9-3 413
20 Colorado 11-2 373
21 San Diego State 10-1 371
22 Iowa 11-2 258
23 Massachusetts 11-1 160
24 Gonzaga 11-2 78
25 Missouri 11-1 76
  • Others receiving votes: Illinois 57, Texas 40, George Washington 37, Oklahoma 36, Toledo 32, Florida State 24, UCLA 19, Harvard 10, Michigan 7, Creighton 5, Kansas State 3, Pittsburgh 2, LSU 1