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Wisconsin basketball: way-too-early look at the way-too-early top-25s out there

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Where do the defending B1G and national champions rank for 2020-21?

NCAA Basketball: Wisconsin at Indiana Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

With sports being postponed/cancelled for the foreseeable future there is little to argue about online anymore. Ahahahaha, I’m just kidding, but sports is the most fun to argue about because there are no real life consequences to whether or not the Wisconsin Badgers are ranked No. 15 or No. 16 in some poll voted on by a bunch of assholes.

Thankfully, a number of publications and pundits have released way-too-early rankings for the 2020-21 college hoops season so the rest of us can shout about them on Twitter and in the comments here. So, move from one couch cushion to the other, comfier couch cushion and let’s dive in.

  • ESPN’s Jeff Borzello slots the Badgers in at No. 15 for next year and has this to say about the team: “Greg Gard led one of the bigger second-half turnarounds in the country this season, with the Badgers winning eight straight games to end the season to earn a share of the Big Ten regular-season championship. All five players who started the season finale against Indiana will be back, and all five will be seniors next season. Gard will have one of the most experienced teams in the country, one that has plenty of offensive balance: D’Mitrik Trice and Brad Davison on the perimeter, Nate Reuvers and Micah Potter down low, and Aleem Ford as a do-it-all glue guy. The Badgers also bring in a five-man recruiting class, led by ESPN 100 forward Ben Carlson. Potter could be the key. He was dominant at times late in the season, and he and Reuvers are brutal matchup problems for most opponents.”
  • Yahoo! Sports’ Krysten Peek also has the Badgers at No. 15 in her rankings, saying this about the senior laden squad: “The Badgers won the last eight games to close out the season and are returning all starters and only losing one senior. This is a very seasoned team led by forwards Nate Reuvers and Micah Potter, who both averaged double-digit points this past season and shot over 45 percent from the field.”
  • NBC Sports’ Rob Dauster has the Badgers all the way down at No. 17 like a real SON OF A BITCH. He had this to say about the team: “After winning a share of last year’s Big Ten regular season title, the Badgers are on track to essentially return everyone of note. Their frontline of Aleem Ford, Nate Reuvers and Micah Potter will be as good as anyone in the Big Ten, D’Mitrik Trice has developed into a solid shot-maker and Tyler Wahl is waiting in the wings as a super-sub. Throw in Brad Davison, and the Badgers will compete for the league title once again.”

Dauster also has a handy guide for each team on who is leaving, coming back, arriving and what he thinks the starting lineup will look like. FWIW, he has Potter and Reuvers starting with Ford, Davison and Trice.

  • USA Today’s Scott Gleeson has the Badgers up in the top-10 at No. 8! WAY TO GO SCOTT! He thinks Wisconsin could be even better next year than they were this year: “The Badgers might have something to say about Big Ten supremacy, poised to bring the core — D’Mitrik Trice, Brad Davidson, Aleem Ford, Micah Potter and Nate Reuvers — all back from a Big Ten co-champion squad. Greg Gard garnered national coach of the year attention for piloting Wisconsin to eight consecutive wins after starter Kobe King opted to transfer midseason. The recipe was a patient offense and disciplined defense that could be even better in 2020-21.”

The presumed No. 1 team in the land appears to be my former alma mater, the Villanova Wildcats.

Way-Too-Early 2020-21 Top-5

Outlet No. 1 No. 2 No. 3 No. 4 No. 5
Outlet No. 1 No. 2 No. 3 No. 4 No. 5
ESPN Villanova Creighton Gonzaga Baylor Kentucky
Yahoo! Villanova Gonzaga Baylor Creighton Duke
NBC Sports Villanova Gonzaga Baylor Creighton Virginia
USA Today Gonzaga Baylor Virginia Kentucky Creighton

The Iowa Hawkeyes are another team that is making a lot of preseason top-10s and Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan are all usually somewhere in the top-25s. Should be another meat grinder of a season in the B1G.