9583153The Illinois men’s basketball team has cracked the Associated Press Top 25, checking in at number 23 on this week’s list. After falling to Georgia Tech and Oregon in December, John Groce‘s team has now pieced together four straight wins and sits at 13-2 on the season. After opening conference play with victories over Indiana and Penn State, U of I will now face Wisconsin on Wednesday in its first test as a ranked team. Despite losing some key players after last year’s second round exit in the NCAA tournament, this is sure to be an exciting season led by Drake transfer Rayvonte Rice (pictured above), junior point guard Tracy Abrams, and high flyer Joseph Bertrand. Support your Illini by showing up to the team’s next home game on January 15th against Purdue at the State Farm Center. Photo courtesy of Mark Jones for Illinois Athletics.