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Missouri State forward Tulio Da Silva (30) shoots over SIU guard Aaron Cook (10) during the first half at SIU Arena on Wednesday in Carbondale.

No. 1 — Loyola Ramblers (16-9, 9-3 MVC)

Previous rank: 1

Last week: Beat Valparaiso 56-51, beat Drake 86-64 / This week: At Bradley Wednesday night, host Missouri State Sunday

No. 2 — Drake Bulldogs (19-7, 8-5 MVC)

Previous rank: 4

Last week: Beat SIU 72-69, beat Northern Iowa 83-77, lost 86-64 to Loyola

No. 3 — Illinois State Redbirds (14-11, 7-5 MVC)

Previous rank: 3

Last week: Lost 66-65 to Missouri State, lost 69-53 to Valparaiso / This week: At Northern Iowa Wednesday night, host Bradley Saturday

No. 4 — Missouri State Bears (13-12, 7-5 MVC)

Previous rank: 10

Last week: Beat Illinois State 66-65, beat SIU 65-59 / This week: At Evansville Wednesday night, at Loyola Sunday

No. 5 — Valparaiso Crusaders (13-12, 6-6 MVC)

Previous rank: 2

Last week: Lost 56-51 to Loyola, beat Illinois State 69-53 / This week: Host Indiana State Wednesday night, at Drake Saturday

No. 6 — SIU Salukis (13-13, 6-7 MVC)

Previous rank: 7

Last week: Lost to Drake 72-69, beat Evansville 78-73, lost 65-59 at Missouri State / This week: At Indiana State Saturday

No. 7 — Bradley Braves (13-12, 5-7 MVC)

Previous rank: 9

Last week: Beat Indiana State 96-67, beat Northern Iowa 79-71 / This week: Host Loyola Wednesday night, at Illinois State Saturday

No. 8 — Northern Iowa Panthers (10-15, 5-7 MVC)

Previous rank: 8

Last week: Lost 83-77 to Drake, lost 79-71 to Bradley / This week: Host Illinois State Wednesday night, at Evansville Sunday

No. 9 — Evansville Purple Aces (10-15, 4-8 MVC)

Previous rank: 5

Last week: Lost 78-73 to SIU, lost 85-72 to Indiana State / This week: Host Missouri State Wednesday night, host Northern Iowa Sunday

No. 10 — Indiana State Sycamores (12-12, 4-8 MVC)

Previous rank: 6

Last week: Lost 96-67 to Bradley, beat Evansville 85-72 / This week: At Valparaiso Wednesday night, host SIU Saturday

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Todd Hefferman has covered SIU athletics since 2008. A University of Iowa grad, he is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and a Heisman Trophy voter.

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