NCAA Basketball Rankings: Illlini Falling Fast In Coaches Poll

CHAMPAIGN, IL - JANUARY 10: Deshaun Thomas #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes shoots against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Assembly Hall on January 10, 2012 in Champaign, Illinois. The Illini defeated the Buckeyes 79-74. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The Illinois Fighting Illini, fresh off a pair of Big Ten Conference losses, have dropped to nearly inconsequential levels in the latest USAToday Coaches Poll.

USAToday.com has released the latest rendition of the college basketball Coaches Poll with some bad, though expected, news for fans of the Illinois Fighting Illini (15-5, 4-3).

After losing their last two games -- 52-54 to the Penn St. Nittany Lions and 63-67 to the Wisconsin Badgers -- the Illini have fallen once again off the Top 25 board entirely. The Illinois basketball team has been back and forth this season, falling out of the Top 25 in late December after surprisingly cracking the Top 20 earlier that month.

The latest rankings now have the Illini sitting near the bottom with just 6 points -- three time the points they had in the preseason rankings, but still one of their lowest totals of the season.

Here is how the Top 25 in Coaches Poll shakes out:

Rank
Team (first-place votes)
Record
Points
Last week
1.
Kentucky (31)
19-1
775
2
2.
Missouri
18-1
725
5
3.
Ohio State
17-3
687
6
4.
Syracuse
20-1
686
1
5.
Kansas
16-3
660
7
6.
Duke
16-3
571
4
7.
Baylor
17-2
569
3
8.
North Carolina
16-3
565
8
9.
Murray State
20-0
502
10
10.
Georgetown
16-3
498
12
11.
Michigan State
16-4
453
9
12.
San Diego State
17-2
403
16
13.
Florida
15-4
396
14
14.
Creighton
18-2
343
18
15.
UNLV
18-3
337
20
16.
Mississippi State
16-4
236
15
17.
Indiana
16-4
230
13
18.
Marquette
16-4
213
22
19.
Connecticut
14-5
203
11
20.
Saint Mary's
19-2
193
23
21.
Virginia
15-3
171
17
22.
Michigan
15-5
165
19
23.
Harvard
16-2
99
24
24.
Kansas State
14-4
80
NR
25. (tie)
Louisville
15-5
49
21
25. (tie)
Wisconsin
16-5
49
NR

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