Preseason AP Top 25: Wisconsin ranked No. 20

Jamie Squire

The Badgers will begin the season with the lowest AP ranking among the four Big Ten schools in the top 25.

The AP Top 25 holds little significance in college basketball, but particularly at the beginning of the season it can provide an opportunity for evaluating the upper echelon of the sport's landscape. The Wisconsin Badgers begin the 2013-14 season ranked No. 20, the lowest of the four Big Ten schools in the top 25.

Kentucky is No. 1 overall, followed by Michigan State at No. 2. Other Big Ten teams include Michigan (No. 7) and Ohio State (No. 11). Other teams of note for Wisconsin are Florida (No. 10), who the Badgers will face in their home opener Nov. 12, in-state rival Marquette (No. 17) and Virginia (No. 24), who UW will play in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge Dec. 4.

School (first-place votes) Record Points Previous
1. Kentucky (27) 21-12 1,546
2. Michigan St. (2)2) 27-9 1,543 9
3. Louisville (14) 35-5 1,501 2
4. Duke (2) 30-6 1,435 6
5. Kansas 31-6 1,357 3
6. Arizona 27-8 1,311 21
7. Michigan 31-8 1,120 11
8. Oklahoma St. 24-9 1,093 17
8. Syracuse 30-10 1,093 16
10. Florida 29-8 1,048 14
11. Ohio St. 29-8 1,036 7
12. North Carolina 25-11 954
13. Memphis 31-5 741 19
14. VCU 27-9 680
15. Gonzaga 32-3 538 1
16. Wichita St. 30-9 512
17. Marquette 26-9 510 15
18. UConn 20-10 448
19. Oregon 28-9 408 25
20. Wisconsin 23-12 338 18
21. Notre Dame 25-10 332 23
22. UCLA 25-10 244 24
23. New Mexico 29-6 213 10
24. Virginia 23-12 189
25. Baylor 23-14 180
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