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Badgers jump up in AP Top 25 once again in first AP rankings of 2024

The Badgers continue to climb up the rankings as conference play starts on Tuesday.

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The Wisconsin Badgers are focused on their conference opener against the Iowa Hawkeyes Tuesday, but received some good news to begin the new year, as they jumped up once again in the AP Top 25 to No. 21 on Monday.

After starting as the first team outside of the Top 25, the Badgers dropped with early losses to Tennessee and Providence, but climbed back up the rankings with strong victories over Virginia, SMU, Marquette, and Michigan State en route to a 9-3 record thus far.

This past week, the Badgers didn’t play a game, but moved up two spots as Creighton, formerly ranked No. 22 dropped out after a loss to Marquette, while Gonzaga dropped 11 spots to No. 24 after a loss to San Diego State.

Wisconsin is one of three Big Ten teams in the AP Top 25, joining the No. 1 Purdue Boilermakers and the No. 9 Illinois Fighting Illini.

Illinois has continued its rise up the rankings with a 10-2 start, moving up two spots in the rankings after a win this week.

Following the break, the Badgers will now face off against the Iowa Hawkeyes at home on Tuesday, starting up their conference slate.

In addition to being ranked at No. 21 in the AP Top 25, the Badgers were listed at No. 17 in this week’s NET rankings, dropping down three spots.