Illinois College Basketball Rankings for the Week of Feb. 10

1. Northwestern (12-2, 5-6 Big Ten). Last week: 1

Northwestern’s hot streak ended Saturday with a home loss to Nebraska. The Wildcats travel to Michigan State this week.

 

Photo: Matthew O'Haren | USA Today Sports
Photo: Matthew O’Haren | USA Today Sports
2. Illinois (14-10, 3-8 Big Ten). Last week: 2

Illinois finally ended its eight-game losing streak with a win at Penn State on Sunday. The Fighting Illini are now tied for last place with the Nittany Lions.

 

3. DePaul (10-14, 2-9 Big East). Last week: 3

DePaul’s slide continued with losses to Georgetown and Creighton last week. The Blue Demons are tied with Butler for last place in the Big East, and they face first-place Villanova on Wednesday.

 

4. Bradley (11-14, 6-6 MVC). Last week: 5

Bradley knocked off Loyola and Evansville last week to move into a tie for third place in the MVC. The Braves can make a statement this week with opportunities against Indiana State and Illinois State.

 

5. Illinois State (13-11, 6-6 MVC). Last week: 4

Illinois State’s road struggles continued Sunday with a 79-69 loss at Loyola. The Redbirds are on the road again Wednesday versus Evansville.

 

6. Southern Illinois (10-15, 6-6 MVC). Last week: 7

Southern Illinois has won four straight games and is 3-0 in February. The Salukis face a pair of tall tasks this week, though, with games at Wichita State and Indiana State.

 

7. Chicago State (10-12, 5-3 WAC). Last week: 6

Chicago State ended a two-game slide with a win Saturday against UMKC. The Cougars are on the road this week against Texas-Pan American and New Mexico State.

 

8. Loyola (9-15, 4-8 MVC). Last week: 8

Loyola ended its three-game losing streak with a 79-69 win against Illinois State. The Ramblers will have their hands full with four of their next five games on the road. The only home game during that stretch is undefeated Wichita State.

 

9. Northern Illinois (10-12, 4-6 MAC). Last week: 12

Northern Illinois’s three-game winning streak ended with a 74-71 loss to Western Michigan. The Huskies look to get back on track Wednesday against Central Michigan.

 

10. SIU-Edwardsville (10-15, 6-5 OVC). Last week: 11

SIU-Edwardsville moved to second place in the OVC West with wins against Southeast Missouri State and Tennessee-Martin. The Cougars are on the road this week against Murray State and Austin Peay.

 

11. Eastern Illinois (9-15, 6-6 OVC). Last week: 9

Eastern Illinois’ two-game winning streak ended Saturday with a home loss to Southeast Missouri State. The Panthers finish the OVC regular season with four road games.

 

12. Western Illinois (9-14, 3-5 Summit). Last week: 10

Western Illinois sits tied for sixth place in the Summit League after road losses to IPFW and Nebraska-Omaha. The Leathernecks host North Dakota State and South Dakota State this week.

 

13. UIC (5-19, 0-10 Horizon). Last week: 13

UIC’s losing streak extended to 13 games last week with a loss at Green Bay. The Flames continue their road trip Thursday at Cleveland State.

 

Past Rankings:

Week of Feb. 3

Week of Jan. 27

Week of Jan. 20

Week of Jan. 13

Week of Jan. 6

Week of Dec. 30

Week of Dec. 23

Week of Dec. 16

Week of Dec. 9

Week of Dec. 2

Week of Nov. 25

Week of Nov. 18

Preseason Rankings

Author: Jesse Kramer

Jesse Kramer is the founder of The Catch and Shoot. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He has had work featured on SI.com, College Insider, The Comeback/Awful Announcing, and 247Sports.

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