The Badgers (25-2, 13-1 Big Ten) are still ranked No. 5 in the AP Poll and No. 4 in the USA Today Coaches poll. They are still behind Duke (24-3, 11-3 ACC), Gonzaga (28-1, 16-0 WCC), UVA (25-1, 13-1 ACC) and Kentucky (27-0, 14-0 SEC) in the AP Poll and behind the Zags, Cavs and Cats in the Coaches. In fact, the top of the AP Poll has been the same for so long, Left Shark wasn't even a thing the last time the top seven teams were different.
AP Poll is out. First time the top seven teams have remained the same for six consecutive weeks since 1992-93 season, @AP says.— Kami Mattioli (@kmattio) February 23, 2015
Wisconsin travelled to Penn State (15-13, 3-12 Big Ten) and gutted out a victory over D.J. Newbill and company and completed the week against an overmatched Minnesota squad for their tenth straight conference victory.
Maryland (22-5, 10-4 Big Ten) is the only other Big Ten team ranked in both polls, while Michigan State (19-8, 10-4 Big Ten) sneaked into the Coaches Poll at No. 25 this week while riding a four game winning streak. Ohio State (19-8, 8-6 Big Ten) dropped out of both polls, but are still receiving votes, after their disgraceful showing in Ann Arbor on Sunday. Wither art thou, D'Angelo Russell? Purdue (18-9, 10-4 Big Ten) received four votes in the Coaches Poll because why the hell not, that's why. Needless to say, Purdue fans are excited.
A Purdue player earned B1G Player of the Week honors AND Purdue is receiving votes in the Coaches Poll? pic.twitter.com/tRO5wmWEAa— Hammer & Rails (@HammerAndRails) February 23, 2015
The Badgers start their toughest stretch of the season on Tuesday night, traveling to College Park, Maryland to match up with the ranked Terps and freshman sensation Melo Trimble. Game tips at 6 p.m. CT and will be aired on ESPN. If the Badgers win, they will clinch at least a share of the B1G regular season title (*squeals with joy*). They return home Sunday afternoon, for Senior Day, to battle Michigan State at 3 p.m. CT potentially with their full complement of players for the first time since January 7th.
AP Top 25
|1||Kentucky Wildcats (65)||27-0||1625||1|
|4||Duke Blue Devils||24-3||1448||4|
|9||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||24-4||1109||9|
|10||Northern Iowa Panthers||26-2||1032||11|
|11||Wichita State Shockers||25-3||930||13|
|12||Iowa State Cyclones||20-6||887||14|
|15||North Carolina Tar Heels||19-8||655||15|
|20||West Virginia Mountaineers||21-6||453||23|
|21||Virginia Commonwealth Rams||21-6||182||25|
|24||San Diego State Aztecs||22-6||117||27|
|Others Receiving Votes: Georgetown 58, Michigan St. 56, Murray St. 42, Oklahoma St. 25, Ohio St. 12, Murray St. 20, Valparaiso 10, Texas A&M 8, Rhode Island 3, S.F. Austin 2, Texas 1, Oregon 1|
USA TODAY Coaches' Poll
|1||Kentucky Wildcats (32)||27-0||800||1|
|5||Duke Blue Devils||24-3||690||5|
|8||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||24-4||552||10|
|10||Northern Iowa Panthers||26-2||506||11|
|11||Wichita State Shockers||25-3||460||13|
|13||Iowa State Cyclones||20-6||425||14|
|18||North Carolina Tar Heels||19-8||272||18|
|19||West Virginia Mountaineers||21-6||214||22|
|22||San Diego State Aztecs||22-6||99||25|
|24||Virginia Commonwealth Rams||21-6||70||26|
|25||Michigan State Spartans||19-8||48||29|
|Others Receiving Votes: Georgetown 31, Providence 28, Murray St. 23, Valparaiso 16, Ohio State 10, Oklahoma St. 10, S.F. Austin 9, Texas A&M 6, Davidson 4, Oregon 4, Purdue 4, Ole Miss 3, Boise State 2, Colorado St. 2|