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AP Poll, Week 14: Northwestern drops out, still receives votes

The Wildcats received 11 votes, a de facto position of 29th.

Northwestern v Purdue Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images

The stay in the Top 25 was neither long nor fun.

A week after coming in at No. 25, the Northwestern Wildcats (18-5, 7-3) have dropped out of the rankings and received 11 votes this week, good for 29th in the nation. It comes on the heels of a week in which Northwestern played just once, a 21-point pounding at the hands of Purdue in West Lafayette. The Wildcats were without leading scorer Scottie Lindsey and reserve wing Nathan Taphorn against the Boilermakers.

In terms of the Big Ten, Northwestern remains behind No. 7 Wisconsin, which jumped up three spots, No. 16 Purdue, which jumped up seven spots, and No. 21 Maryland, which fell four spots. No other Big Ten team made the list.

The entire poll can be found here.

Northwestern has a big week coming up. The Wildcats host Illinois at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston on Tuesday night and then head to the Kohl Center to take on No. 7 Wisconsin on Sunday.