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Wisconsin basketball: the polls have always mattered and been correct

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No one denies this.

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

The B1G champion, No. 1 seed in the B1G Tournament and eight games in a row winning Wisconsin Badgers (21-10 overall, 14-6 B1G) are skyrocketing up the rankings at the end of the regular season. UW is ranked No. 18 in the AP Poll and No. 19 in the Coaches Poll, a mere two votes behind the Virginia Cavaliers for a tie for No. 18.

The last week of the regular season saw the, uh, regular amount of movement in the polls as several teams in the top-10 lost and were replaced by perennial powers. The B1G, coming off a week where they had eight teams in the AP Poll, lost a couple of teams due to the league cannibalizing itself over the weekend.

The Michigan State Spartans and the Maryland Terrapins, who took a whole extra day to win their share of the B1G, are the new top-ranked teams in the conference. MSU is No. 9 in the AP and No. 12 in the Coaches while the Terps are No. 12 in the AP and No. 11 in the Coaches. UW is next at No. 18/19 and they are followed by the Ohio State Buckeyes at No. 19/20, the Illinois Fighting Illini at No. 21/22 and the Iowa Hawkeyes at No. 25/25.

The Penn State Nittany Lions, Michigan Wolverines, Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Purdue Boilermakers (???) were all receiving votes in the AP while PSU, Michigan and Rutgers received votes from the Coaches.

The top-five is now the Kansas Jayhawks, Gonzaga Bulldogs, Dayton Flyers, Florida State Seminoles and Baylor Bears in both polls. The Duke Blue Devils are back in the top-10 for some reason and I hate it.

As far as other, more analytically inclined rankings go here is where Wisconsin is ranked (through 3/9/20):

The Badgers are sitting pretty right now with both excellent poll numbers and excellent advanced stats numbers. While they do not NEED to win a game in Indy this week to make the NCAA Tournament, it sure would be nice if they did.

The Badgers next game is Friday morning at 11 a.m. CT against the winner of the Thursday morning Rutgers/Michigan tilt.