NCAA College Basketball Rankings: Big Ten Crowds The Rankings, Looking For Strong March Madness Showing

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NCAA Basketball Rankings: Illinois Falls Out Of Top 25 Of Coaches Poll

The Illinois Fighting Illini drop off the Top 25 following their loss to the Missouri Tigers.

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NCAA Basketball Rankings: Illinois Fighting Illini Drop To No. 24 In Coaches Poll

The latest USAToday / Coaches Poll has the Illinois Fighting Illini slipping five spots to No. 24. The Illini lost on Saturday to the UNLV Runnin' Rebels 48-64, and though the Rebels have since earned a No. 23 ranking in the Coaches Poll, the Illini have find themselves tottering on falling out of the Top 25.

Elsewhere around the Big Ten, the Ohio St. Buckeyes (10-1) continued their dominant ways, staying affixed to the No. 2 slot behind the Syracuse Orange (11-0). The No. 19 Michigan Wolverines (9-2) and No. 20 Michigan St. Wolverines (9-2) find themselves in reverse order than their AP Poll rankings, but nonetheless in the Top 20.

Here is a glimpse of this weeks Top 10 in both polls:

Rank Coaches Poll AP Poll
1 Syracuse Syracuse
2 Ohio St. Ohio St.
3 Kentucky Kentucky
4 Louisville Louisville
5 Duke North Carolina
6 North Carolina Baylor
7 Baylor Duke
8 Missouri Connecticut
9 Connecticut Missouri
10 Marquette Marquette

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NCAA Basketball Rankings: Undefeated Illinois Climbing The Polls

The Illini continue to climb in the polls, despite preseason predictions of the opposite.

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2011 NCAA Basketball Rankings: Ohio St. Buckeyes Move To Number 2

The Big Ten Conference continues to surge up the college basketball rankings as now two Big Ten teams reside in the Top Ten, with one more on the brink.

The only ranked Big Ten team to gain ground in the latest polls, the Ohio St. Buckeyes (6-0) have eased forward one slot to No. 2 after the North Carolina Tar Heels slipped down to No. 5 following their loss to the then-unranked UNLV Runnin' Rebels (6-0, No. 18).

The Wisconsin Badgers (6-0, No. 9) also improved this week, jumping two slots from No. 11 to No. 9. They face an enormous test on Wednesday as they head to North Carolina to face the Tar Heels.

Elsewhere in the Big Ten, the Michigan Wolverines (5-1, No. 14) dropped a spot after losing to the Duke Blue Devils (7-0, No. 3) during the Maui Invitational. The Wolverines visit the Virginia Cavaliers (5-1) this Tuesday.

The Illinois Fighting Illini (6-0, unranked; No. 30 in AP Poll points) have slowly begun to garner more votes in the AP Poll, gaining a total of 13 points in the latest rendition of the polls:

Rank Team Prev
1 Kentucky 2
2 Ohio State 3
3 Duke 6
4 Syracuse 5
5 North Carolina 1
6 Louisville 7
7 Baylor 9
8 Connecticut 4
9 Wisconsin 11
10 Florida 10
11 Xavier 12
12 Alabama 13
13 Missouri 21
14 Michigan 15
15 Kansas 14
16 Marquette 16
17 Pitt 17
18 UNLV NR
19 Gonzaga 19
20 Vandy 18
21 Mississippi State 24
22 Memphis 8
23 St. Louis NR
24 Cal 20
25 Texas A&M 25

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NCAA Basketball Rankings: Wisconsin Badgers, Michigan Wolverines Move Up

The Big Ten did nothing but gain ground in the AP Poll this week as the conference went 13-1, losing only to the Tar Heels.

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NCAA College Basketball Rankings: Fighting Illini Get 2 Points, Ohio State Gets 3rd Place

The polls agree. The North Carolina Tar Heels are the team to beat according to both the ESPN / USA Today and the AP Poll. The Big 10, however, does not shy away either poll. With a total of five Big 10 schools getting votes in the early rankings, the Ohio St. Buckeyes presently lead the way with an impressive No. 3 ranking.

The Illinois Fighting Illini made their first showing in the 2011 college basketball rankings, receiving two points and a tie for 44th place -- not great by any stretch:

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Even the Wisconsin Badgers at No. 15 have a significant climb to the top five, which sit on a plateau of their own. Interestingly, the Big 10's official preseason favorites ranked the Michigan St. Spartans third in the conference, with the Michigan Wolverines un-ranked -- quite different from the AP poll's standings. The stately rivalry will no doubt enjoy this bit of fodder for the upcoming season.

The Fighting Illini schedule begins in two weeks with a home game against Loyola-Chicago. The Illini will not face Ohio State until January 10, 2012, featured on ESPN. They will face Wisconsin two weeks later on January 22, also at home.

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