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USA TODAY Coaches Poll: Wisconsin basketball begins season ranked No. 21

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The Badgers begin the 2013-14 season ranked one spot higher than they finished in last season's coaches poll.

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The preseason USA TODAY Coaches Poll was released Thursday morning, providing basketball fans mired in the middle of football season some light at the end of the tunnel.

Wisconsin is ranked No. 21, one of five Big Ten teams in the top 25. Behind No. 1 Kentucky, Michigan State is No. 2, Michigan is No. 9, Ohio State is No. 10 and Indiana is No. 24. In-state rival Marquette is No. 17, meaning six teams ranked in the preseason top 25 will be making trips to the Kohl Center this season (Marquette, Florida, Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State and Indiana).

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS RANK
1 Kentucky (16) 21-12 767 NR
2 Michigan St. (3) 27-9 749 13
3 Louisville (10) 35-5 741 1
4 Duke (3) 30-6 710 5
5 Arizona 27-8 637 14
6 Kansas 31-6 623 8
7 Syracuse 30-10 551 3
8 Florida 29-8 550 9
9 Michigan 31-8 548 2
10 Ohio St. 29-8 533 6
11 North Carolina 25-11 494 NR
12 Oklahoma St. 24-9 462 NR
13 Memphis 31-5 334 18
14 Gonzaga 32-3 270 12
15 Va. Commonwealth 27-9 258 23
16 Wichita St. 30-9 233 4
17 Marquette 26-9 230 11
18 Oregon 28-9 175 15
19 Connecticut 20-10 167 NR
20 New Mexico 29-6 153 19
21 Wisconsin 23-12 148 22
22 Notre Dame 25-10 128 NR
23 UCLA 25-10 121 NR
24 Indiana 29-7 118 7
25 Virginia 23-12 103 NR
Schools Dropped Out
Others Receiving Votes
Baylor 102; Colorado 93; Creighton 87; Iowa 86; Tennessee 73; Georgetown 38; Harvard 28; Pittsburgh 23; California 16; Boise State 11; Saint Louis 8; La Salle 7; Temple 4; Missouri 4; Villanova 4; Kansas State 3; LSU 2; Iowa State 2; Arizona State 2; Illinois 2; Georgia 1; UNLV 1.