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Illinois slides up to No. 12 in AP Poll

Just one ranked matchup for the Illini this week.

NCAA Basketball: Purdue at Illinois Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

After holding off Purdue in their only matchup last week, the Illini are moving up again in the most recent AP Poll.

Illinois checks in at No. 12 this week (up three spots from last week) with a showdown at Northwestern on Thursday and then returns home for a battle against Maryland on Sunday.

The Illini couldn’t hit a free throw to save their lives last Saturday against Purdue, shooting an abysmal 9-of-22 from the charity stripe, but still found a way to hang on and secure a 66-58 win over the Boilermakers.