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It’s not important, but Illinois is now No. 2 in the AP poll

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It really doesn’t matter.

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We weren’t going to write an AP poll update this week, but the Illini moved up, so here it is.

Illinois is now No. 2 in the nation, only behind undefeated Gonzaga. Baylor and Michigan round out the top four.

This poll really doesn’t matter because the tournament field is set, and we’ll just watch things play out from here. But hey, No. 2! Highest ranking since 2005! And above Baylor!

By the way, tip for Friday against No. 16 Drexel is set for 12:15 p.m. CT on TBS. See ya then.