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College basketball rankings: Badgers jump up to No. 5 in AP Top 25, stay put in USA Today coaches poll

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The Badgers passed a tough midseason test by going 2-0 this past week and rising in the rankings.

No, Sam. We are ranked fifth now, not third.
No, Sam. We are ranked fifth now, not third.
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The top three in the AP Top 25 and USA Today coaches poll remained unchanged this week with the last two undefeated teams in the nation, Kentucky (19-0, 6-0 SEC) and Virginia (19-0, 7-0 ACC), occupying Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, and Gonzaga (20-1, 9-0 WCC) slotting in at No. 3.

Duke (17-2, 4-2 ACC) and Wisconsin (18-2, 6-1 Big Ten) each moved up a spot to Nos. 4 and 5 in the AP poll, while Duke jumped Wisconsin to No. 4 in the coaches poll, after Villanova (18-2, 5-2 Big East) lost to Georgetown (14-5, 6-2 Big East) early in the week and fell to No. 7.

The Badgers won both of their games last week, thoroughly eviscerating Iowa (13-7, 4-3 Big Ten) by 32 (!!!!) points at home to start the week and then escaping Ann Arbor with an overtime victory by five against Michigan (12-8, 5-3 Big Ten). It's amazing that the Badgers enter this week with no new injuries after facing off against history's greatest monster last week.

You'll notice two teams ranked near the bottom of the AP Poll (Georgetown and Oklahoma) that Wisconsin beat earlier this year at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. Oklahoma just missed being ranked in the coaches ooll, clocking in at No. 26. Strength of schedule, son!

The other Big Ten teams in the AP poll this week are Maryland (18-3, 6-2 Big Ten) at No. 16 and Indiana (15-5, 5-2 Big Ten) at No. 22. Ohio State (16-5, 5-3 Big Ten) is in the "others receiving votes category" and previously-ranked Iowa has completely disappeared from the poll. In the coaches poll, Maryland is No. 13 and Indiana is No. 21 while Ohio State is also receiving votes here.

Wisconsin only has one game this week, Saturday afternoon (11 a.m. CT, ESPN) at Iowa. All Badgers will be required to wear rec specs to protect against Adam Woodbury.

AP Top 25

RANK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky Wildcats (64) 19-0 1,624
2 Virginia Cavaliers (1) 19-0 1,561
3 Gonzaga Bulldogs 20-1 1,476
4 Duke Blue Devils 17-2 1,402
5 Wisconsin Badgers 18-2 1,351
6 Arizona Wildcats 18-2 1,300
7 Villanova Wildcats 18-2 1,187
8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 19-2 1,139
9 Kansas Jayhawks 16-3 1,120
10 Louisville Cardinals 16-3 1,027
11 Utah Utes 16-3 996
12 Wichita State Shockers 18-2 893
13 North Carolina Tar Heels 16-4 878
14 Virginia Commonwealth Rams 16-3 734
15 Iowa State Cyclones 14-4 719
16 Maryland Terrapins 18-3 715
17 West Virginia Mountaineers 16-3 558
18 Northern Iowa Panthers 18-2 440
19 Texas Longhorns 14-5 431
20 Baylor Bears 15-4 407
21 Georgetown Hoyas 14-5 334
22 Indiana Hoosiers 15-5 165
23 Miami-Florida Hurricanes 14-5 164
24 Oklahoma Sooners 12-7 90
25 Butler Bulldogs 15-6 70
Others receiving votes: Colorado St 57, Arkansas 54, Ohio State 43, SMU 43, Providence 29, Dayton 28, Georgia 28, Stanford 16, Wyoming 14, Seton Hall 10, LSU 10, San Diego St 4, Tulsa 2, Texas A&M 2, Davidson 1, Saint Mary's 1, Stephen F. Austin 1, Green Bay 1