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The Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team (19-10 overall, 12-6 B1G) and all of the pollsters out there must have heard my threat of turning this into a Bravo blog and they all reacted accordingly. The Badgers are now ranked No. 24 in the AP Poll AND No. 24 in the Coaches Poll. This is the first time all season that the Badgers have been ranked. What a time to be alive!

There was a bunch of movement in the polls, because that happens every week since this season is crazy, but the B1G now has eight teams ranked by the AP and seven ranked by the Coaches.

The top team in the conference continues to be the Maryland Terrapins who are ranked No. 9 in the AP and No. 9 by the Coaches. After the Terps we’ve got the Michigan State Spartans at No. 16/17, the Iowa Hawkeyes at No. 18/18, the Ohio State Buckeyes at No. 19/19, the Penn State Nittany Lions at No. 20/20, the Illinois Fighting Illini at No. 23/22, the Badgers at No. 24/24 WOOOOO and the Michigan Wolverines at No. 25/ARV.

There are no B1G teams receiving votes in the AP Poll because they are all actually ranked this week. The Wolverines are at No. 26 in the Coaches Poll, a mere 29 votes behind the No. 25 Butler Bulldogs. Did I mention Butler just so I could post this video? You’re damn right I did!

The top-five has the same teams as last week, they’re just a little shuffled around. The Kansas Jayhawks are still No. 1 while the Gonzaga Bulldogs, Dayton Flyers, Baylor Bears and San Diego State Aztecs are Nos. 2-5 in both polls. The Seton Hall Pirates jumped into the top-10 of both polls beating Marquette and, uh, watching a bunch of teams ahead of them lose. Classic!

As far as other, more analytically inclined rankings go here is where Wisconsin is ranked (through 3/2/20):

  • KenPom - No. 24
  • T-Rank - No. 19
  • NET - No. 30 (not really sure how this has gone down since last week, but here we are)

I don’t really understand the NET rankings, but the Badgers are still in good shape there for an at-large bid. Sitting inside the top-25 of both KenPom and T-Rank is an impressive display for this team. The Badgers are still, somehow, in contention to win the B1G regular season title (we’ll have a post later diagramming exactly what we need to have happen for UW to do this) and that’s very exciting.

The Badgers are home against the Northwestern Wildcats on Wednesday and then end the regular season at the Indiana Hoosiers. Both of those games are winnable, although IU may be fighting for their NCAA Tournament life and will pull out all the stops to get a win over a ranked team.