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Illinois slides to No. 4 in newest AP Poll

2-0 this week would almost certainly clinch a 1-seed for the big dance.

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In a week that saw 8 of the top 11 teams in the country lose at least once, there was sure to be a lot of shuffling among the nation’s best in this week’s AP Poll.

For the Illini, they check in at No. 4 after wins against Nebraska and Wisconsin and a loss at Michigan State. The top 10 now looks as follows:

  1. Gonzaga
  2. Michigan
  3. Baylor
  4. Illinois
  5. Iowa
  6. West Virginia
  7. Ohio State
  8. Alabama
  9. Houston
  10. Villanova

The last week of the regular season won’t be an easy one for Illinois. It travels to No. 2 Michigan on Tuesday and to No. 7 Ohio State on Saturday, possibly still without Ayo Dosunmu for those games as he recovers from a “facial injury.”

The Illini have already clinched at least a 2-seed in the Big Ten Tournament and could probably climb as high as No. 2 in the country if they win out against Michigan, Ohio State and the BTT.