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Illinois vs. Nebraska, 12.2

Nebraska forward Isaiah Roby drives to the hoop past Illinois defenders at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday.

The Nebraska men's basketball team will play at least its next two games as a ranked squad.

The Huskers were 24th in the Associated Press Top 25 poll released Monday morning. It is the first time Nebraska has been ranked in the AP poll since November 17, 2014, when the program was coming off a NCAA Tournament appearance the previous season. NU has been ranked in the USA Today coaches poll each of the last two weeks.

Nebraska's 7-1 start is the program's best since the 2003-04 season.

The Huskers are one of seven Big Ten teams in the AP poll. Red-hot Michigan leads the way at No. 5, followed by Michigan State at No. 10, Wisconsin at No. 12, Iowa at No. 18, Ohio State at No. 19 and Maryland at No. 23.

Purdue and Indiana are among the teams receiving votes in the poll. This marks the second straight week that seven Big Ten teams are ranked, which hasn't happened since February of 1999.

Nebraska plays at Minnesota (6-2) Wednesday night before hosting Creighton Saturday. The Bluejays (6-2) are also among the teams receiving votes in the AP poll.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7436 or cbasnett@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraCB.

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Husker basketball reporter

A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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