7. SIU EDWARDSVILLE (4-7)
(Last week: No. 7)
The Cougars ran their rare winning streak to three games by dispatching hapless Chicago State 86-76, with forward Jalen Henry and guard Christian Ellis (above) each scoring 19 points. But then came their pre-Christmas reality check at Central Michigan: a 70-52 loss to the Chippewas featuring 23 fouls and 5-for-23 shooting from three-point range. Ouch. Ellis scored 14 points, his seventh double-figure performance in his last eight games.