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19% of Badgers fans believe that Wisconsin will be a Top 2 team in the Big Ten

The Badgers are currently third in the Big Ten.

NCAA Basketball: Western Illinois at Wisconsin Milwaukee Journal Sentinel-USA TODAY NETWORK

The Wisconsin Badgers are set to return to action on Tuesday when they take on the Iowa Hawkeyes at home to continue their conference slate.

Wisconsin, standing at 9-3, have won their lone conference game this year against the Michigan State Spartans on the road, and ended the first half of the season on a two-game winning streak.

They’ll look to continue their momentum into conference play, where they’re currently ranked as the third-best team, according to the AP Top 25.

With only No. 1 Purdue and No. 11 Illinois ahead of them in the rankings, where will the Badgers finish in the Big Ten this season?

The largest contingent of fans at 41 percent believe that the Badgers will finish third in the Big Ten, while 29 percent believe that Wisconsin will drop to fourth.

Meanwhile, 19 percent of Badgers fans are optimistic, believing that Wisconsin will end as a top-two team in the conference, while only 11 percent believe they’ll have a finish outside of the top four seeds.

One recent piece of news that could change the direction of the Big Ten season is the alleged rape charge against Illinois guard Terrence Shannon announced earlier this week, as the senior turned himself into the authorities.

As a result, Shannon has been suspended by the team, and a timetable for his return, if there is one, is unknown, leaving Illinois without their leading scorer.