Illinois College Basketball Rankings for the Week of Feb. 17

1. Northwestern (13-13, 6-7 Big Ten). Last week: 1

Northwestern dropped a pair last week to Michigan State and Minnesota. The Wildcats are back on the road this week against Ohio State.

 

2. Illinois (14-12, 3-10 Big Ten). Last week: 2

Illinois’ free fall continued with losses to Nebraska and Ohio State last week. The Illini are 1-10 in their last 11 games. They play at Minnesota in their only game this week.

 

3. DePaul (10-16, 2-11 Big East). Last week: 3

DePaul’s losing streak continued with blow outs to Villanova and Providence last week. The Blue Demons face Xavier and Marquette this week.

 

Photo: AP | L.G. Patterson
Photo: AP | L.G. Patterson
4. Southern Illinois (10-17, 6-8 MVC). Last week: 6

Southern Illinois played well against Wichita State and Indiana State, the MVC’s top two teams, but lost both games on the road. The Salukis return home Tuesday for Bradley.

 

5. Illinois State (14-12, 7-7 MVC). Last week: 5

Illinois State ended a two-game slide with a 70-54 win against Bradley. The Redbirds can become the sole holder of third place in the MVC with wins against Missouri State and Northern Iowa this week.

 

6. Bradley (11-16, 6-8 MVC). Last week: 4

Bradley had a tough week with losses to Indiana State and Illinois State. The Braves are tied for sixth place in the MVC with Southern Illinois, and they play the Salukis on Tuesday.

 

7. SIU-Edwardsville (11-16, 7-6 OVC). Last week: 10

SIU-Edwardsville knocked off Austin Peay on the road Saturday to stay in second place in the OVC West. The Cougars play their final road game of the season Thursday at last-place Tennessee State.

 

8. Chicago State (10-14, 5-5 WAC). Last week: 7

Chicago State’s slide continued with losses to UTPA and New Mexico State last week. The Cougars have now lost four of their last five games.

 

9. Loyola (9-17, 4-10 MVC). Last week: 8

Loyola’s trip to Iowa ended with a pair of losses to Northern Iowa and Drake. The Ramblers host Wichita State on Wednesday.

 

10. Northern Illinois (11-13, 5-7 MAC). Last week: 9

Northern Illinois fell at Akron on Saturday. The Huskies will face Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan this week.

 

11. Eastern Illinois (9-17, 6-8 OVC). Last week: 11

Eastern Illinois’ losing streak extended to three games Saturday with a loss at Murray State. The Panthers’ road doesn’t get easier with a game at first-place Belmont on Thursday.

 

12. Western Illinois (9-16, 3-7 Summit). Last week: 12

Western Illinois lost close games at home to Summit League leaders North Dakota State and South Dakota State. The Leathernecks are on the road this week against Denver and South Dakota.

 

13. UIC (5-21, 0-12 Horizon). Last week: 13

UIC seems destined not to win a Horizon League game this year. The Flames once again held a sizable lead at halftime but lost control and were defeated by Youngstown State. They return home Tuesday to face Detroit.

 

Past Rankings:

Week of Feb. 10

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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