Poll Attacks: You have Illinois ranked behind who and who and who?

There are good teams (even ranked teams) that still have zero wins over currently ranked opponents, which is why Illinois' victories over No. 9 Gonzaga, No. 14 Butler and No. 15 Ohio State are notable. John Groce has been incredible in his first season with the Illini. He's got a pretty strong 14-2 record.

But don't try telling that to Randy Rosetta.

Because Randy isn't buying it!

The writer from the New Orleans Times-Picayune -- a paper that was featured on Sunday's "60 Minutes," by the way -- has Illinois ranked 20th on his ballot. He's actually got the Illini ranked eight spots behind the Ohio State team they beat by 19 points, seven spots behind the Butler team they beat by 17 points and two spots behind the Gonzaga team they beat by 11 points at Gonzaga. Seriously, how could anybody conclude a team that's 14-2 with convincing wins over Gonzaga, Butler and Ohio State should be ranked behind Gonzaga, Butler and Ohio State? Or how a team that's 14-2 with convincing wins over Gonzaga, Butler and Ohio State should be ranked six spots behind Cincinnati?

Gary Parrish





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Home: 9-2 | Away: 0-3 | Neutral: 3-2
Record: 12-7 (2-4)
DateOpponentTime/TV
Fri, Nov 11Southeast Missouri StW 81-62
Sun, Nov 13Northern KentuckyW 79-64
Tue, Nov 15McKendreeW 112-65
Fri, Nov 18DetroitW 89-69
Mon, Nov 21WinthropL 84-80 OT
Thu, Nov 24West VirginiaL 89-57
Fri, Nov 25Florida StateL 72-61
Tue, Nov 29NC StateW 88-74
Sat, Dec 3VCUW 64-46
Tue, Dec 6IUPUIW 85-77
Sat, Dec 10Central MichiganW 92-73
Sat, Dec 17BYUW 75-73
Wed, Dec 21MissouriW 75-66
Tue, Dec 27@MarylandL 84-59
Sun, Jan 1Ohio StateW 75-70
Sat, Jan 7@IndianaL 96-80
Wed, Jan 11MichiganW 85-69
Sat, Jan 14MarylandL 62-56
Tue, Jan 17@PurdueL 91-68
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Sat, Feb 4Minnesota3:00pm BTN
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Sat, Feb 18@Iowa1:00pm BTN
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