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Illinois tumbles to No. 22 in latest AP Poll

Penn State, Michigan State up next.

NCAA Basketball: Ohio State at Illinois Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

After their second straight loss, the Illini fell all the way down to No. 22 in Monday’s AP Poll.

Illinois went 0-1 in its only matchup last week, dropping a home contest against No. 15 Ohio State six days after the Illini fell to Maryland at home.

They’ll look to regroup this week with a home matchup against Penn State on Tuesday and a road clash with Michigan State on Saturday. After those two games, Illinois’ schedule gets a whole lot tougher. The Illini welcome No. 4 Iowa to town to wrap up January and then face ranked opponents in five of their final eight meetings to end the season.