Illinois Rankings for the Week of Dec. 21

1. Northwestern (10-1). Last week: 1

Northwestern survived at DePaul in overtime to extend its winning streak to seven games. The Wildcats have a 94 percent chance of winning each of their final non-conference games against Sacred Heart and Loyola Maryland, per KenPom.


2. Southern Illinois (10-2). Last week: 3

Southern Illinois knocked off North Texas and Murray State last season, continuing its best start since the 2006-07 season. The Salukis travel to Saint Louis for their final non-conference game Monday.


3. Northern Illinois (8-2). Last week: 4

Northern Illinois ended a two-game skid Saturday with a double-overtime win against Florida International.


4. Western Illinois (7-3). Last week: 2

Western Illinois has lost three of its last four games against Division I teams, including an abysmal loss Saturday at Chicago State. The Leathernecks close out 2015 against Loyola on Monday.


5. Loyola (6-5). Last week: 5

After dropping two games in a row, including a bad home loss to Cleveland State, Loyola knocked off UIC in a rivalry matchup Saturday.


6. Illinois (7-5). Last week: 7

After a horrid start, Illinois has won four straight games. However, the last two have been against poor mid-majors.


7. DePaul (5-6). Last week: 6

DePaul has lost three games in a row. In terms of game-by-game projections, KenPom favors DePaul in only one more matchup this season — at home against St. John’s, which just got blown out Friday by Incarnate Word.


8. Illinois State (5-7). Last week: 8

After a strong second half in a win against UIC, Illinois State got blown out at St. Joseph’s.


9. Eastern Illinois (2-7). Last week: 9

Eastern Illinois’ losing streak hit three games Saturday with a loss at Houston.


10. Bradley (2-10). Last week: 10

Bradley has not beaten a Division I team since its season opener against Ball State. The Braves host TCU this week.


11. SIU-Edwardsville (3-7). Last week: 11

SIU-Edwardsville returns from its finals break to play Monday at USC. The Cougars have won their last two games.


12. Chicago State (4-9). Last week: 13

Chicago State knocked off Western Illinois on Saturday for its first win against a Division I opponent this season. The Cougars are on the road Monday against Marquette.


13. UIC (1-8). Last week: 12

UIC is the last team in Illinois without a win against a Division I opponent. The Flames will hold that title for at least one more week, as their only game this week is against NAIA Purdue-Calumet.


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, College Insider, The Comeback/Awful Announcing, and 247Sports.

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