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Badgers men’s basketball team falls to No. 22 in AP poll

December 31, 2018

A loss at Western Kentucky to end non-conference play cost the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team in the rankings.

The Badgers dropped seven spots to No. 22 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll after their 83-76 loss to the Hilltoppers Saturday night in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Meanwhile, UW (10-3) dropped to No. 13 in the NET rankings.

The Badgers are one of seven teams in the AP poll, joining No. 2 Michigan, No. 8 Michigan State, No. 14 Ohio State, No. 21 Indiana, No. 24 Nebraska and No. 25 Iowa.

Six of the top 21 teams in the NET rankings are from the Big Ten: No. 2 Michigan, No. 9 Michigan State, No. 12 Nebraska, UW, No. 20 Indiana and No. 21 Ohio State.

Marquette (11-2), which beat UW on Dec. 8 in Milwaukee, moved up two spots to No. 16 in this week’s poll.

The Badgers return to conference play on Thursday with an 8 p.m. game against Minnesota (11-2) at the Kohl Center.

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This week’s AP Top 25:

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 30, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:

Record Pts Prv

1. Duke (35) 11-1 1530 1

2. Michigan (9) 13-0 1478 2

3. Tennessee (12) 11-1 1469 3

4. Virginia (4) 11-0 1428 4

5. Kansas (4) 11-1 1378 5

6. Nevada 13-0 1317 6

7. Gonzaga 12-2 1200 7

8. Michigan St. 11-2 1146 8

9. Florida St. 11-1 1063 9

10. Virginia Tech 11-1 934 10

11. Texas Tech 11-1 893 11

12. Auburn 11-2 820 12

13. Kentucky 10-2 799 16

14. Ohio St. 12-1 769 13

15. North Carolina 9-3 744 14

16. Marquette 11-2 595 18

17. Mississippi St. 12-1 572 19

18. N.C. State 12-1 424 20

19. Houston 13-0 368 22

20. Buffalo 12-1 353 21

21. Indiana 11-2 330 23

22. Wisconsin 10-3 250 15

23. Oklahoma 11-1 244 25

24. Nebraska 11-2 204 —

25. Iowa 11-2 182 24

Others receiving votes: Arizona St. 116, Kansas St. 61, Villanova 43, Seton Hall 24, TCU 20, Cincinnati 14, Iowa St. 10, Florida 6, Purdue 6, Toledo 5, Louisville 3, North Texas 1, St. John’s 1.

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