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.
After a sweep of Boston College and Harvard in Nashville, the Badgers overtook the Gophers for the No. 1 spot in this week’s USCHO.com poll. Minnesota was able to beat Harvard but they only tied BC which is probably why Wisconsin gained a bunch of first place votes.
With eight first-place votes this week, @BadgerWHockey is back on top of the https://t.co/2QgdyNoa0Z Division I Women’s Poll.— USCHO.com (@USCHO) December 2, 2019
Former No. 1 @GopherWHockey falls to No. 2 and received seven first-place votes in this week’s rankings. pic.twitter.com/PqkmgRAVa3
The Badgers split their weekend series with Michigan and, despite having a losing record, managed to stay ranked by the skin of their teeth at No. 19.
With 44 first-place votes this week, @MavHockey remains the top-ranked team in the https://t.co/2QgdyNoa0Z Division I Men’s Poll.@CUBigRedHockey, the nation’s only unbeaten team, picked up the other six first-place votes and again sits No. 2 in this week’s rankings. pic.twitter.com/dDsT1SCFEN— USCHO.com (@USCHO) December 2, 2019
The rest of the B1G in the rankings are much closer to the top: Penn State is No. 6, Ohio State is No. 7 and Notre Dame is No. 9. The Badgers have one more series (against Michigan State) before they go on winter break. A sweep would really give the team something to build on heading into the second half of the season.
The final regular season AVCA rankings came out and the B1G Champion Badgers finished at No. 5.
AVCA Top-25:— AVCA (@AVCAVolleyball) December 2, 2019
8. Penn St
10. Colorado St
23. Wash St.
25. Texas A&M
Per usual, the B1G teams were clustered together in the top-ten. Nebraska is No. 6, Minnesota is No. 7 and Penn State is No. 8. Purdue clocked in at No. 14 and Michigan ended the season at No. 22. Illinois, who started the season highly ranked and recently fell out of the rankings was still able to make the NCAA Tournament.
We all know what the more important rankings said about the Badgers, though.
WE ARE 4TH OVERALL SEED!— Wisconsin Volleyball (@BadgerVB) December 2, 2019
We have the opportunity to host throughout regionals.
The road to Pittsburgh begins NOW! pic.twitter.com/1j8ORvdkE5
It has not exactly been a good last week for the Badgers. They traveled to Brooklyn for a fun Thanksgiving weekend and tournament and then...lost to Richmond and New Mexico and everyone shouted a bunch online. Needless to say, UW is no longer receiving votes in either poll.
POLL ALERT: Louisville takes over at No. 1 in major reshuffling of AP Top 25, followed by Kansas, Maryland; Michigan goes from unranked to No. 4, tied for biggest jump in 70-year history of poll.— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) December 2, 2019
Full poll: https://t.co/xXlGQKLkGZ pic.twitter.com/BEdU9a1zNh
In B1G news, Maryland is No. 3, previously unranked Michigan is No. 4 (!!!!), Ohio State is No. 6, Michigan State is No. 11 and Purdue, Indiana and Penn State are all receiving votes.
Louisville is the new No. 1 team in the country, which makes them the fourth different top ranked team in the nation this year. MAYBE EVERYONE SUCKS THIS YEAR?!?
The Badgers traveled to the Bahamas for a holiday tournament of their own, beating Ball State by 11 and losing to Arkansas by a mere four points. They now sit at 5-2 on the year but still aren’t ranked in the AP Poll.
At the top of the poll there was a reshuffling because Oregon (formerly No. 1) and Baylor (formerly No. 2) both lost which opened the door for the Stanford Cardinal to move into the top spot.