Illini Wonk
Monday, January 17, 2005
  Seven weeks and counting
The 18-0 Illini will spend their seventh week atop the AP and Coaches polls. With Kansas at #2 for all seven weeks, that is the longest such run for the top two seeds in six years. The Illinois basketball team also stays atop the CBS Sportsline poll and maintains a #1 seed in the midwest of Joe Lunardi's Bracketology at

In the Sagarin ratings the Illini fell one spot to #2 while Duke replaces them at the top. This is curious, since both teams are 1-0 vs. the top ten while the Illini are 5-0 vs. the top 30 and Duke is 2-0.

Also, the Illini fell from 4th to 8th in the Sportsline RPI poll. For an explanation on why the Illini are ranked so low in RPI (including being behind Wake Forest), see this post from Big Ten Wonk. One of his readers writes:

I removed the Chicago State and Oakland games from the Illinois schedule, the Illini magically jumped into first place in the RPI. Imagine that! Likewise, if you add Oakland and Chicago State into KU's schedule, they drop to 7th. Funny how that works.

Funny indeed. Read the entire post. It's enlightening.
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