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Wisconsin athletics: rankings roundup 12/9

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The men’s hockey team’s long nightmare of being ranked is finally over.

NCAA Basketball: Marquette at Wisconsin Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

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 Badgers had a big time series in a weekend of big time match ups all around the athletic department. Wisconsin swept No. 10 Minnesota Duluth and retained their No. 1 ranking for a second straight week.

The Gophers are still hot on Wisconsin’s heels at No. 2 and the No. 10 Bulldogs didn’t lose any ground in the poll, despite losing twice to the Badgers. Wisconsin is now off until Jan. 4th when they travel to Pittsburgh to compete in the Battle At The Burgh against Robert Morris.

Men’s hockey

The Badgers finally accomplished their goal of being unranked, at least that’s the only way I can describe what the team who just got swept by Michigan State was trying to do. Somehow, Wisconsin still received some votes but those may have been misprints or someone throwing darts at their ballot.

Ohio State and Penn State are at No. 6 and No. 7 respectively while Notre Dame is at No. 15 and Michigan State is now No. 18. The Badgers are off until Jan. 10 when they host the Buckeyes in what one might call a “must sweep series.”

Volleyball

No rankings update because it’ the middle of the damn NCAA Tournament. Read our preview right here.

Men’s basketball

I am as shocked as you are that the Badgers dominating win over the unranked, but undefeated, Indiana Hoosiers didn’t move the needle nationally a bit more. Whatever. Wisconsin is clearly not ranked in either major poll as their record is just 5-4 on the season. The actually ranked teams of the B1G are clustered near the top. In the AP Poll, Ohio State is No. 3 and they are directly followed by Maryland and Michigan. Michigan State dropped down to No. 16. In the Coaches Poll, Ohio State is No. 2, Maryland is No. 4, Michigan is No. 7 and Michigan State is No. 15.

Women’s basketball

The Badgers are also not ranked in the women’s AP Poll. The B1G is represented by Indiana at No. 12, Maryland at No. 13, Michigan State at No. 19 and Michigan at No. 24.