Wake Forest drops to No. 6

Updated: December 6, 2004, 9:35 PM ET
Associated Press

Illinois took an unusual route to the top of The Associated Press' men's college basketball poll.

The Illini, riding their impressive win over then-top-ranked Wake Forest, vaulted from fifth to No. 1 on Monday, moving past three unbeaten teams.

It is the third time in school history Illinois reached No. 1 and this appearance at the top came following the 91-73 victory over Wake Forest, a game in which the Illini (6-0) led by as many as 32 points in the second half.

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