Illini Wonk
Monday, January 31, 2005
  It's Unanimous!
Last week, the Fighting Illini received 71 of the 72 #1 votes in the Associated Press Poll (Illini Wonk outed the one Duke voter here). Since that vote, the Illini went to Madison and ended the Wisconsin Badgers' 38-game home winning streak and thrashed the Minnesota Gophers in Champaign.

This week, it's unanimous as Illinois became the first team in three years to get all 72 votes in the Associated Press Poll. Their ninth straight week at the top is the most since Connecticut was #1 for ten consecutive weeks in the 1998-99 season.

Illinois also stayed atop the Pomeroy Ratings, the Sagarin Ratings and the Sportsline Top 25 and moved up four spots to #4 in the Sportsline RPI. To understand why the Illlini do not have the top RPI, see this post.

Blogger and Minneapolis Star-Tribune repoter Jeff Shelman, one of the AP voters, posts his poll every week on his blog.

UDPATE: Last week's lone Duke voter, Austin Bishop tells the Chicago Tribune's Ed Sherman that he switched his vote back to Illinois due to their win at Wisconsin. The article also says that Bishop received e-mails from a handful of fans after Illinois beat Wisconsin. He got a "bunch more" after Duke lost. I wonder how they got his email address?
 
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