College basketball rankings: Illinois falls out of Top 25 And 1 after Cincinnati upsets Illini


It was easy to discount Illinois‘ loss at Marquette last week because, you know, the Illini were without Kofi Cockburn, and any team missing its best player (who doubles as a consensus All-American) is susceptible to being upset on the road.

That’s basketball.

But what happened Monday night was a different deal. This wasn’t a road game without Kofi Cockburn. This was a neutral-site game with Kofi Cockburn against a Cincinnati team picked to finish sixth in the American Athletic Conference. So the fact that the Illini were blown completely out qualifies as a super-surprising and troubling development.

Final score: Cincinnati 71, Illinois 51.

The Illini were 9.5-point favorites. They lost by 20.

“[Cincinnati] played harder than we did, which is very unacceptable for me to stomach,” said Illinois coach Brad Underwood. “They were the more physical team.”

The Illini were a total mess offensively against Cincinnati. They took 57 shots, missed 41 of them and finished with just two more field goals (16) than turnovers (14). They shot 28.1% from the field and 13.6% from 3-point range. Trent Frazier finished 0-of-9 from the field with zero points in 33 minutes.

So Illinois is now 2-2 with no quality wins and a pair of losses to teams ranked outside of the top-70 at KenPom. That’s a dismal start to this season and reason enough to remove the Illini from Tuesday morning’s updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings. They’ve been replaced by Ohio State, which beat Seton Hall 79-76 on Monday. The Buckeyes’ next game is Wednesday against a Florida team that’s ranked 22nd in the Top 25 And 1. OSU is 24th.

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