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Northwestern dropped two spots to No. 16 overall in the latest AP Poll released Monday.
The fall comes after the Wildcats (12-2, 1-1 Big Ten) surprisingly lost to Penn State (6-7, 1-1) 79-72 on Thursday. NU later rebounded Sunday with an 85-62 win against Nebraska (9-4, 0-2), but voters appeared to weigh the loss more heavily than the victory.
The Cats’ ranking is their lowest since the third week of the season when they sat at No. 19.
Following a 10-game win streak to open the season, NU is just 2-2 over its last four games. With the conference schedule now in full swing, the Cats will face perhaps their toughest stretch of the season as three of their next four opponents currently sit in the Top 25.
Purdue, the lone unranked team of the four and NU’s next opponent, is no slouch either at 11-2. The Cats tip off against the Boilermakers at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
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