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Badgers just miss out on Preseason AP Top 25

The Badgers were ranked outside the AP Top 25 to start the season.

Ahead of the 2023 season, the Associated Press(AP) released its first version of the AP Top 25 this season, with Kansas and Duke earning the top two spots in the rankings.

Meanwhile, the Wisconsin Badgers, fresh off a disappointing season that saw them miss out on the NCAA Tournament, made an appearance, but not in the Top 25.

Instead, the Badgers were the first team out in the preseason installment of the AP Top 25.

Here is the Preseason AP Top 25, with first-place votes in parentheses.

1. Kansas (46)

2. Duke (11)

3. Purdue (3)

4. Michigan State (1)

5. Marquette

6. UConn (2)

7. Houston

8. Creighton

9. Tennessee

10. FAU

11. Gonzaga

12. Arizona

13. Miami (FL)

14. Arkansas

15. Texas A&M

16. Kentucky

17. San Diego State

18. Texas

19. North Carolina

20. Baylor

21. USC

22. Villanova

23. Saint Mary’s

24. Alabama

25. Illinois

Others receiving votes:

Wisconsin 53, Colorado 49, St. John’s 47, UCLA 47, Maryland 34, Virginia 27, Auburn 27, TCU 24, Mississippi State 20, Kansas State 13, Xavier 8, Memphis 7, Missouri 6, Boise State 4, Indiana 3, Charleston 2, Florida 2, Drake 1, New Mexico 1

The Big Ten

The Big Ten was represented in the Top 25, with Purdue and Michigan each cracking the top five, while Illinois came in at No. 25.

Elsewhere, Maryland and Indiana both earned recognition behind Wisconsin in the Top 25 in the “receiving votes” section.

Wisconsin being essentially ranked as the fourth-best team in the conference nationally is pretty high praise, given their finish last season. Can they meet or exceed expectations this season?