Illini out, Hawkeyes up, Buckeyes down in latest AP poll

Illini out, Hawkeyes up, Buckeyes down in latest AP poll
January 13, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Vinnie Duber

The Illini's stay in the top 25 did not last long.

As expected, Sunday night's upset loss in Evanston knocked the orange and blue out of the latest AP top-25 rankings, the latest upsetting moment to a bad week for Illinois.

It started Wednesday night with a blowout 95-70 loss at Wisconsin, a game in which the Illini allowed nearly 35 points more than their season average and trailed 50-25 at the half thanks to a 20-0 first-half Badgers run. Things got much worse Sunday, however, as a woeful shooting night turned into a nightmare for the Illini. They fell to their in-state rivals, 49-43.

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There was plenty of good news elsewhere around the Big Ten, though, as the still undefeated Badgers moved up to No. 3 and Michigan State rose to No. 4. Iowa made the biggest climb, though, up from No. 20 to No. 14 following their upset win of Ohio State in Columbus on Sunday.

The Buckeyes, who had almost as bad a week as the Illini with a pair of losses to Michigan State and Iowa, fell from the country's No. 3 team to No. 11.

Illinois and Michigan are receiving votes in this week's poll.