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Wisconsin athletics: rankings roundup 11/18

It was a solid week, rankings wise, around Madison for the Badgers.

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NCAA HOCKEY: MAR 16 Women’s - Division I Championship - Wisconsin v Colgate Photo by David Berding/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Monday is a big rankings release day around the NCAA and instead of having three separate posts that you probably won’t click on, we are putting them all into one handy post that you will click on because we care about your time wasting at work. Gotta be efficient when wasting time.

Women’s hockey

The women’s hockey rankings will probably stay the same until the Badgers welcome the Gophers to LaBahn Arena at the end of January, barring one of the teams having a major slip-up.

The Gophers and Badgers both swept their opponents over the weekend and Minnesota remains ranked No. 1 with all 15 first place votes. ::starts count down until next meeting::

Men’s hockey

The men’s hockey team handed the now No. 3 ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish their first loss of the season this past Friday, but Notre Dame bounced back and beat the Badgers in OT on Saturday.

Penn State swept Minnesota and moved up to No. 6, Ohio State sits at No. 11 and the Badgers dropped one spot to No. 16. They’ll get their crack at the struggling Gophers this weekend in Minneapolis.


The top-four stayed the same this week in the AVCA Coaches Poll, but Wisconsin’s monster win over Minnesota last week vaulted them to No. 5 and pushed the Golden Gophers down to No. 7.

Nebraska stayed at No. 6 and Penn State remained at No. 8, while Purdue checks in at No. 17, Michigan is at No. 23 and Illinois is still hanging around the rankings at No. 25 despite a 13-12 record.

Far more pertinent to where the Badgers will be seeded come NCAA Tournament time is the RPI rankings. With their win over Minnesota, who is No. 6 in the RPI, the Badgers jumped up to No. 3 behind No. 2 Texas and No. 1 Baylor. Wisconsin is in a really good spot for Tourney seeding and if they finish the season strong, and beat Nebraska and Penn State, they could end up in the top-two.

Men’s basketball

Wisconsin had a really nice week on the hardwood, beating Marquette and McNeese State handily at the Kohl Center.

The 3-1 Badgers are not quite ready for the top-25, but it was nice to see that the AP Poll tossed them a couple of votes this week.

Duke, annoyingly, is the new No. 1 after Kentucky lost to Evansville (lmao) and there are a handful of B1G in the rankings as well. Michigan State is No. 3, Maryland is No. 6 and Ohio State is No. 10. A top-heavy conference this year! Michigan and Purdue are ahead of Wisconsin in the “also receiving votes” category, so there is a healthy middle-class in the B1G too.

The Badgers also received some votes in the Coaches Poll.

Women’s basketball

The Badgers went 1-1 last week, to push their overall record to 3-1, and are not currently ranked by the AP Poll. The B1G has Maryland at No. 9, Michigan State at No. 15, Indiana at No. 18 and Michigan at No. 21. The big news in the rankings this week was Notre Dame’s absence from them for the first time in a dozen years.