The Associated Press ranked Illinois basketball No. 14 in this week’s poll, moving the Illini down from No. 10 last week.
Illinois lost to unranked Marquette last week as an eight-point favorite in what seemed like a bad loss. But with the Golden Eagles’ week of upsets over Mississippi and West Virginia and Michigan’s losses to Seton Hall and Arizona, perhaps the voters gave Illinois a break.
The Illini have a prime opportunity to insert themselves back into the top 10 this week as they face Cincinnati tonight and either ranked Arkansas or Kansas State on Tuesday in the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City.
Illinois will end the week hosting Texas-Rio Grande Valley at the State Farm Center.
Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year Kofi Cockburn is set to make his season debut tonight after serving a three-game suspension due to a NIL infraction.
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