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Illinois moves up again in AP poll

Another slow week ahead.

NCAA Basketball: Colgate at Illinois Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Not a lot to cover this week at TCR, but Illinois did win its only game as the Illini returned from finals.

Illinois topped Colgate 74-57 at State Farm Center on Sunday, and that translated into another jump in the AP top 25 poll on Monday, going from No. 16 to No. 13.

It’s the Illini’s first time in the top-15 of the poll since February 2022. Illinois hasn’t been able to get higher than No. 16 either this season or last (when the wheels fell off around this time).

Now it’s another slow week for Illinois, with Braggin’ Rights on Friday against Missouri before another short break for Christmas.