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>>Illinois Back In Top-25

(Champaign, IL)  --  Illinois is back in the top-25.  The Illini are ranked 25th in this week's ESPN/"USA Today" poll after upsetting Ohio State 79-74 last Tuesday.  It was the only game of the week for Illinois, which is 15-and-3 overall and 4-and-1 in the Big Ten.  The Illini play at Penn State Thursday.

>>Illini's Paul Named Big Ten Player Of The Week

(Undated)  --  Illinois junior guard Brandon Paul has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week.  Paul netted a career-high 43 points in Illinois' upset win over then-fifth-ranked Ohio State last week.  It was the most points by a Big Ten player since 1994.  He was 11-of-15 from the field, including 8-of-10 from three-point range in the win.  Paul also had eight rebounds and four blocks.  This is Paul's first Big Ten Player of the Week award and Illinois' third this season.

NCAA Top-25 Men's Basketball  (ESPN/"USA Today" Rankings)
#1 Syracuse Orange 71, Pittsburgh Panthers 63
#7 Kansas Jayhawks 92, #3 Baylor Bears 74
#5 Missouri Tigers 70, Texas A&M Aggies 51
#22 Marquette Golden Eagles 74, #21 Louisville Cardinals 63

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