CHAMPAIGN (HOI) -- With the college basketball season tipping off soon, the AP released its preseason poll. Illinois checks in at No. 8 in the initial rankings.
It's the first time the Illini have been ranked in the preseason poll since the 2010-11 season and it's their highest preseason ranking since the 2004-05 season, when the AP poll had the Illini at No. 5.
The Big Ten has seven teams in the Top 25 of the rankings, including three in the Top 10.
The Illini will have their hands full this season with all the talent in the Big Ten, plus playing No. 2 Baylor and No. 9 Duke in their non-conference schedule.
The Big Ten also announced their preseason All-Big Ten team with Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn making the 10-player team.
Dosunmu and Iowa's Luka Garza were the only unanimous selections to the team.