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Wisconsin athletics: rankings roundup 11/26

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Volleyball is sitting pretty right now, baby!

Tom Lynn

Monday (yes, I know it’s Tuesday...I was traveling all 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

Business as usual in women’s hockey. Minnesota is still No. 1 and Wisconsin is still No. 2.

The Badgers picked up a first place vote and have one more win on the season than the Gophers do, but Minnesota played better when the two teams met earlier in the season and are rightfully ranked at the top.

Men’s hockey

To be perfectly honest with you, Max Zimmer’s shootout goal to get the extra point in the B1G standings against Minnesota on Saturday night is probably the only reason that the Badgers are still ranked at this point.

The Badgers fell to No. 19 and another subpar weekend will see them drop out of the rankings for sure. We know that Wisconsin has played a tough schedule. We know this. But, Minnesota wasn’t ranked and the Badgers could only muster a tie and a loss out of their weekend tilt.

Notre Dame is ranked No. 5, Penn State is No. 7, Ohio State is No. 11 and Michigan State entered the rankings this week at No. 20. Minnesota State and Cornell remain in the top two spots.

Volleyball

The Badgers remained at No. 5 in the AVCA Coaches Poll and continue to be the highest ranked team in the B1G.

Former No. 1 Texas dropped down to No. 4 after losing a five-setter to new No. 1 Baylor. The rest of the B1G is well represented in the top-ten as Nebraska sits at No. 6, Penn State at No. 7 and Minnesota at No. 8. Purdue is No. 16, Michigan is No. 22 and Illinois is No. 24, but enough about these rankings. What did the RPI say this week?

That’s what I’m talking about! Badgers are up to No. 2 in the RPI which, as we all know, decides who hosts what regional in the NCAA Tournament. Beat Penn State this week and clinch the B1G title and the Badgers should be sitting pretty on Selection Sunday.

Men’s basketball

The Badgers were receiving votes in both the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll this week. I can’t imagine that will be the case following Monday night’s showing against Richmond.

Michigan State was the top ranked team in the conference, ranking No. 3 in both polls, but that should also change after the Spartans lost to Virginia Tech on Monday. Maryland came in at No. 5 in the AP and No. 8 in the Coaches, while Ohio State was No. 10/No. 9.

And, uhhhhh, that’s it for the B1G in the rankings.

Women’s basketball

The Badgers are not receiving any votes in the AP Poll. Maryland is No. 9, Michigan State is No. 15 and Indiana is No. 17 and that’s it for the B1G in those rankings! Kind of a down start to the season for the conference in hoops.