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Illinois Moves Up to No. 18 in AP Poll

The Illini jumped from No. 24 to No. 18 following a pair of wins that leave them tied for the top spot in the Big Ten.

Illinois Basketball Ranking AP Top 25 poll
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After victories over Michigan State and Northwestern last week, Illinois has moved up to No. 18 in The AP Top 25 poll.

Illinois responded last week after a bad loss to Maryland. Now, the Illini head into a tough stretch starting with No. 11 Wisconsin on Wednesday and Indiana on Saturday this week. The Badgers will come to Champaign tied with Illinois atop the Big Ten standings at 8-2.

The Illini will then travel to Bloomington, Ind. to face a Hoosiers team that has defeated Purdue and Ohio State on their home court. It will be another tough road test for Illinois, which could be in the top 10 of the AP poll next week if they win both of these games.

Andre Curbelo has missed the last two games due to a stint in COVID protocols. Illinois could certainly use his playmaking ability if he’s available by Wednesday.

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