The top-five of both major polls stayed relatively calm, after a shakeup last week with Wisconsin (28-3, 16-2 Big Ten) losing to Maryland (26-5, 14-4 Big Ten), with only Virginia (28-2, 16-2 ACC) and Duke (28-3, 15-3 ACC) switching spots in the AP Poll and the Cavs dropping two spots in the Coaches Poll. The Badgers remained at No. 6 in the final AP Poll and at No. 5 in the final USA Today/Coaches Poll. Kentucky (31-0, 18-0 SEC) finished the regular season as the only team to be ranked No. 1, which probably ties some record.
Wisconsin ended their final week of regular season play with a Border Battle blowout of Minnesota at The Barn and then an extremely satisfying destruction of an Ohio state university in Columbus. The win against the Gophers clinched the outright Big Ten regular-season title for the Badgers and denied Minnesota the chance to brush off the dustiest file in their "Basketball Celebration Cabinet."
The Terps are the only other team to join the Badgers in the rankings this week, sitting at No. 8 in both national polls. The rest of the conference has been a huge disappointment and will be looking to make up for the Big Ten's wounded pride come tourney time. The wins earlier in the season against Oklahoma (21-9, 12-6 Big 12) and Georgetown (20-9, 12-6 Big East) are looking better and better, as both teams ended the regular season ranked. OU is No. 15 in the AP and No. 14 in the Coaches, while the Hoyas are No. 23 in both.
AP Top 25
|1||Kentucky Wildcats (65)||31-0||1,625||1|
|2||Duke Blue Devils||28-3||1,544||3|
|10||Northern Iowa Panthers||30-3||1,037||11|
|11||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||26-5||1,026||12|
|12||Wichita State Shockers||28-4||797||8|
|13||Iowa State Cyclones||22-8||786||17|
|18||West Virginia Mountaineers||23-8||525||20|
|19||North Carolina Tar Heels||21-10||406||19|
|25||Boise State Broncos||24-7||82||27|
|Others receiving votes: Oregon 69, Providence 63, Ohio State 40, BYU 18, Michigan St 15, LSU 8, Iowa 7, St. John's 6, San Diego St 3, Stephen F. Austin 2, Valparaiso 1, Dayton 1, North Florida 1, Purdue 1|
Here are the updated Bracketology projections from three major sources. I'm just going to warn you right now, you won't like who the one-seed is in all of these projections. (Spoiler: it's Kentucky)
- ESPN's Joe Lunardi has the Badgers as a two seed in the Midwest playing Albany. The one time goalie for Albany hockey team was in my wedding, so we'd have a comprehensive breakdown of that matchup here on B5Q if it were to come to pass.
- SB Nation's Chris Dobbertean has the Badgers as a two seed in the Midwest playing Belmont.
- CBS Sports' Jerry Palm joins in on the fun and has the Badgers as a two seed in the Midwest *GASP* playing William & Mary.
- Averaged 22.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game in guiding the Badgers to road wins at Minnesota and nationally ranked Ohio State
- For the week, shot 67.9 percent (19-of-28) from the field and 83.3 percent (5-of-6) from the free throw line
- Against Minnesota, poured in a game-high 25 points, handed out a career-best seven assists, corralled six rebounds and tallied two steals, as the Badgers secured the outright Big Ten Championship
- Scored 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting, pulled down five rebounds and dished out three assists against the Buckeyes
- Currently leads the Big Ten with 10 double-doubles, and averaged 19.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per game in conference play
- Earns his sixth career Big Ten Player of the Week honor and fourth this season
- Last Wisconsin Player of the Week: Frank Kaminsky (Feb. 16, 2015)