Redbirds Collect Seven Votes in Latest AP Top-25 Poll
Jan. 14, 2008
NORMAL, Ill. - After defeating both Northern Iowa and Evansville to improve to 5-0 in Missouri Valley Conference play last week, Illinois State's men's basketball team (13-3, 5-0 MVC) collected six more votes in the updated Associated Press Top-25 poll, released Monday afternoon. The Redbirds garnered one vote last week, and had a total of seven Monday.
Illinois State has won eight-consecutive games, its longest such streak since the 1991-92 season. The stretch includes four-straight road wins and three in a row at home in Valley play. With a win over Wichita State Wednesday, Illinois State would secure the season sweep over the Shockers, and clinch its first nine-game winning streak since the 1982-83 campaign.
The Redbirds lead the Valley in assists (16.31 apg), assist/turnover ratio (1.21) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.289), and are second in scoring defense, allowing just 57.2 points per game.
Last week and today's poll marked the first two times Illinois State had received votes or been ranked in the AP Top-25 poll since the 1997-98 season, when the Redbirds were ranked No. 24 on Nov. 18, 1997.
The Redbirds will host Valley foe Wichita State Wednesday in the final contest of a four-game home stand. ISU defeated the Shockers on Jan. 1 (49-46) in the first game of the regular season home-and-away series.