Wisconsin's men's basketball team is ranked No. 14 in the preseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll, released Thursday. The only other Big Ten teams to make the top 25 are Michigan State at No. 3 and Illinois at No. 13.
Connecticut claimed 25 of 31 first place votes and enters the season rated No. 1, followed in the top five by Duke, the Spartans, Arizona and Kansas. Duke received three first place votes, while Michigan State, defending national champion Syracuse (No. 7) and No. 10 North Carolina each tallied one.
The Badgers finished 24-8 last season and reached the NCAA Tournament's Sweet Sixteen. Wisconsin's highest ranking in the coaches' poll last season was its No. 13 spot in the final poll.
The Badgers open the exhibition season on Saturday, Nov. 8 against the EA Sports All-Stars at the Kohl Center. Wisconsin's first regular season game is Friday, Nov. 21 at Penn.