Top 25 rankings: Illinois, Loyola flex in season's final poll


The final AP Top 25 college basketball rankings are upon us. A pair of Illinois schools have a lot to be excited about.Illinois is up to No. 2 while Loyola moves up a spot to No. 17 this week. The two teams could play each other in the second round of the NCAA Tournament if the Fighting Illini, the top seed in the Midwest region, beats Drexel and 8-seed Loyola defeats Georgia Tech this Friday.Fellow top seeds Gonzaga (No. 1), Baylor (No. 3) and Michigan (No. 4) comprise the other spots within the top four.Five Big Ten teams are in the Top 25, including Ohio State (No. 7), Iowa (No. 8) and Purdue (No. 20). BYU is the lone newcomer in the poll (No. 23).Here are the rest of the rankings:

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Previous Rank: 1

Points: 1,500 (60)

Last Week: Beat St. Mary’s, BYU

Next Game: Saturday vs. Appalachian State or Norfolk State


Previous Rank: 3

Points: 1,415

Last Week: Beat Rutgers, Iowa and Ohio State

Next Game: Friday vs. Drexel


Previous Rank: 2

Points: 1,397

Last Week: Beat Kansas State, lost to Oklahoma State

Next Game: Friday vs. Hartford


Previous Rank: 4

Points: 1,280

Last Week: Beat Maryland, lost to Ohio State

Next Game: Saturday vs. Mt. St. Mary’s or Texas Southern


Previous Rank: 6

Points: 1,242

Last Week: Beat Mississippi State, Tennessee, LSU

Next Game: Saturday vs. Iona


Previous Rank: 7

Points: 1,145

Last Week: Beat Tulane, Memphis, Cincinnati

Next Game: Friday vs. Cleveland State


Previous Rank: 9

Points: 1,138

Last Week: Beat Minnesota, Purdue and Michigan; lost to Illinois

Next Game: Friday vs. Oral Roberts


Previous Rank: 5

Points: 1,132

Last Week: Beat Wisconsin, lost to Illinois

Next Game: Saturday vs. Grand Canyon University


Previous Rank: 13

Points: 993

Last Week: Beat Texas Tech, Oklahoma State

Next Game: Saturday vs. Abilene Christian


Previous Rank: 8

Points: 895

Last Week: Beat Missouri, LSU

Next Game: Friday vs. Colgate


Previous Rank: 12

Points: 891

Last Week: Beat West Virginia, Baylor; lost to Texas

Next Game: Friday vs. Liberty


Previous Rank: 11

Points: 803

Last Week: Beat Oklahoma; Texas game canceled

Next Game: Saturday vs. Eastern Washington


Previous Rank: 10

Points: 745

Last Week: Lost to Oklahoma State

Next Game: Friday vs. Morehead State


Previous Rank: 15

Points: 651

Last Week: Beat North Carolina, lost to Georgia Tech

Next Game: Saturday vs. UNC Greensboro


Previous Rank: 16

Points: 584

Last Week: Beat Syracuse; GA Tech game canceled

Next Game: Saturday vs. Ohio


Previous Rank: 19

Points: 521

Last Week: Beat Wyoming, Nevada and Utah State

Next Game: Friday vs. Syracuse


Previous Rank: 18

Points: 513

Last Week: Beat Southern Illinois, Indiana State and Drake

Next Game: Friday vs. Georgia Tech


Previous Rank: 14

Points: 490

Last Week: Lost to Georgetown

Next Game: Friday vs. Winthrop


Previous Rank: 17

Points: 411

Last Week: Beat Butler, Connecticut; lost to Georgetown

Next Game: Saturday vs. UC Santa Barbara


Previous Rank: 20

Points: 382

Last Week: Lost to Ohio State

Next Game: Friday vs. North Texas


Previous Rank: 20

Points: 271

Last Week: Lost to Texas

Next Game: Friday vs. Utah State


Previous Rank: 23

Points: 243

Last Week: Beat California, USC; lost to Oregon State

Next Game: Saturday vs. Georgetown


Previous Rank: NR

Points: 125

Last Week: Beat Pepperdine, lost to Gonzaga

Next Game: Saturday vs. UCLA or Michigan State


Previous Rank: 24

Points: 125

Last Week: Beat Utah, lost to Colorado

Next Game: Saturday vs. Wichita State or Drake


Previous Rank: 22

Points: 118

Last Week: Lost to North Carolina

Next Game: Friday vs. Florida

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