College basketball polls: Wisconsin climbs in USA TODAY Coaches, AP Top 25 polls

Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

The Badgers rise again in the polls, headlined by a top-five appearance in the AP Top 25.

Wisconsin's men's basketball team is rolling, having won its first 10 games in a clear effort to hold the fan base over until football bowl season. After taking down Marquette in a physical contest Saturday, UW's effort was rewarded with a four-spot jump to No. 4 in the AP Top 25 and a three-spot climb to No. 6 in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll, both released Monday.

It's the first time Wisconsin has been ranked in the top five of the AP poll since March 5-11, 2007, when it reached No. 3.

"I think we expected this," forward Sam Dekker said after Saturday's game. "We have a lot of work to do but I think we're happy with where we're at at this point."

Wisconsin also beat Virginia on the road Wednesday in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

For fans of advanced metrics, Ken Pomeroy has Wisconsin as a top-10 team at No. 9 in his latest rankings. Per KenPom, the Badgers rank 10th in adjusted offensive efficiency (113.9 points per 100 possessions) and 13th on defense (92.8 points allowed per 100 defensive possessions).

FOUR FACTORS ROUNDUP (per Kenpom.com)

OFFENSE DEFENSE D-I AVG
EFFECTIVE FG % 53.1 (67th) 46.7 (95th) 49.4
TURNOVER % 13.9 (12th) 15.8 (302nd) 18.5
OFF. REB. % 29.0 (249th) 26.7 (30th) 31.9
FTA/FGA 41.9 (162nd) 25.9 (5th) 41.5

After becoming the nation's first team to reach 10 wins, Wisconsin enters a relatively easy portion of the schedule before Big Ten play begins. The Badgers will host UW-Milwaukee Wednesday night before welcoming Eastern Kentucky to the Kohl Center Saturday. Wisconsin then gets two weeks off for the holidays before returning to action Dec. 28 vs. Prairie View A&M in Madison.

Big Ten conference play begins Jan. 2 for the Badgers with a trip to Northwestern.

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