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College basketball rankings: Badgers remain at No. 4 in AP Top 25, USA Today Coaches polls

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Virginia was thisclose to losing at Miami and moving the Badgers into the top-3, but I guess No. 4 will have to suffice for another week.

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The Wisconsin Badgers (14-1 overall, 2-0 Big Ten) held steady at the four position in both polls this week, going 2-0 in their first week of conference play. Virginia (13-0, 1-0 ACC) was pushed to the limit by Miami (10-4, 0-1 ACC) this week, needing double overtime to beat the Hurricanes, and subsequently lost ground on the other two undefeated teams in the country. The Cavaliers lost 11 votes in the AP Poll while the Badgers gained two. In the Coaches Poll, while both UVA and Wisconsin gained votes, the Cavs lead over the Badgers shrunk by 11 points. Kentucky (13-0) remained the unanimous No. 1 in the AP Poll, receiving all 64 first place votes, despite not having played since December 27th. The Wildcats only lost one first place vote in the Coaches Poll, to Duke obviously.

Wisconsin beat Penn State at home to open up B1G play and then went on the road and subdued Northwestern in impressive fashion. The Badgers return home to face off against Purdue (10-5, 2-0 Big Ten) on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. CT in an early battle for first place in the conference. Then on Sunday, the Badgers travel to New Jersey to battle Rutgers (9-6, 1-1 Big Ten) in their first basketball game as conference opponents at 5 p.m. CT.

Joining the Badgers in the AP Poll, Maryland (14-1, 2-0 Big Ten) moved up to No. 11 after beating Michigan State (9-5, 0-1 Big Ten) and Minnesota (11-4, 0-2 Big Ten), while Ohio State (12-3, 1-1 Big Ten) moved down two spots to No. 22 after losing to Iowa (10-4, 1-0 Big Ten) and beating Illinois (10-5, 0-2 Big Ten). The Hawkeyes are knocking on the door of the AP Poll, sitting at No. 27, while Indiana (11-3, 1-0 Big Ten) is also receiving votes. The Terps jumped up two spots to No. 9 in the Coaches poll while the Buckeyes fell two spots to No. 20. Indiana, Iowa and Minnesota all received votes in the Coaches Poll.

Completely unrelated to Wisconsin basketball, but a hearty congratulations to Old Dominion for being ranked for the first time ever!

AP Top 25

RANK TEAM (1st) POINTS PREV
1 Kentucky Wildcats (64) 1600 1
2 Duke Blue Devils 1535 2
3 Virginia Cavaliers 1446 3
4 Wisconsin Badgers 1397 4
5 Louisville Cardinals 1322 5
6 Gonzaga Bulldogs 1275 7
7 Arizona Wildcats 1260 8
8 Villanova Wildcats 1089 6
9 Utah Utes 1059 10
10 Texas Longhorns 976 11
11 Maryland Terrapins 966 12
12 Kansas Jayhawks 884 13
13 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 775 14
14 West Virginia Mountaineers 712 17
15 Wichita State Shockers 686 16
16 Oklahoma Sooners 674 18
17 Iowa State Cyclones 663 9
18 North Carolina Tar Heels 591 19
19 Seton Hall Pirates 448 -
20 Virginia Commonwealth Rams 311 27
21 Baylor Bears 186 22
22 Ohio State Buckeyes 184 20
23 Arkansas Razorbacks 103 29
24 St. John's Red Storm 92 15
25 Old Dominion Monarchs 80 30
Others Receiving Votes: Northern Iowa (12-2) 72; Iowa (10-4) 63; Butler (11-4) 53; LSU (11-2) 50; George Washington (11-3) 39; TCU (13-1) 33; Temple (11-4) 33; Colorado State (14-1) 31; Stanford (10-3) 29; South Carolina (9-3) 16; Washington (11-3) 13; Wyoming (13-2) 11; Indiana (11-3) 9; Oklahoma State (11-2) 9; Georgetown (9-4) 7; Cincinnati (10-3) 6; Dayton (11-2) 5; Brigham Young (13-4) 3; Xavier (10-4) 2; Hofstra (10-4) 1; Davidson (10-2) 1