College Basketball Rankings: Illinois Fighting Illini Back In Coaches Poll Top 25

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 11: Head coach Bruce Weber of the Illinois Fighting Illini coaches against the Michigan Wolverines during the quarterfinals of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 11, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The Illinois Fighting Illini (15-3) return to the Top 25 of the USAToday Coaches Poll following their win over the Ohio St. Buckeyes (16-3).

The Illinois Fighting Illini (15-3) have once again found their way into the Top 25 of the USAToday Coaches Poll. The latest rankings (see below) have the Illini ranked No. 25 after falling off the charts in late December.

Despite their three December losses, the Illini have charged back in relevancy with three Big Ten conference wins in January -- including a 79-74 upset win over the No. 6 Ohio St. Buckeyes on January 10. Undefeated in 2012, Illinois looks to build their mid-season surge into a March Madness run.

The Illini now sport a Big Ten best 4-1 conference record, tied for first with the No. 9 Michigan St. Spartans. Elsewhere in the Big Ten, the Michigan Wolverines (13-4) fell to No. 19 after 59-75 loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Rank
Team (first-place votes)
Record
Points
Last week
1.
Syracuse (31)
19-0
775
1
2.
Kentucky
17-1
742
2
3.
Baylor
17-0
714
4
4.
Duke
15-2
654
6
5.
Missouri
16-1
629
9
6.
Ohio State
16-3
619
5
7.
Kansas
14-3
591
10
8.
North Carolina
15-3
569
3
9.
Michigan State
15-3
509
7
10.
Murray State
18-0
449
14
11.
Connecticut
14-3
416
16
12.
Georgetown
14-3
410
-11
13.
Indiana
15-3
358
8
14.
Florida
14-4
304
19
15.
Mississippi State
15-3
288
20
16.
San Diego State
15-2
282
22
17.
Virginia
14-2
269
17
18.
Creighton
16-2
260
21
19.
Michigan
14-4
259
13
20.
UNLV
16-3
252
12
21.
Louisville
14-4
130
15
22.
Marquette
14-4
119
24
23.
Saint Mary's
17-2
100
NR
24.
Harvard
15-2
61
25
25.
Illinois
15-3
58
NR
Dropped out
No. 18 Kansas State, No. 23 Gonzaga.
Others receiving votes
Vanderbilt (13-4) 47; Kansas State (12-4) 46; New Mexico (15-2) 41; Wisconsin (14-5) 27; Gonzaga (14-3) 21; Middle Tennessee (17-2) 21; Seton Hall (15-3) 16; West Virginia (13-5) 13; Wichita State (15-3) 13; Alabama (13-4) 7; Nevada (14-3) 3; California (15-4) 2; Brigham Young (15-4) 1.

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