The Badgers placed second in the Big Ten last season, finishing 12-4 in conference play and 25-7 overall.
UW hosts its first exhibition game of the year Wednesday at 7 p.m. against UW-Parkside. The Badgers tip off the regular season Nov. 20, when they host Pennsylvania, also at 7 p.m. at the Kohl Center.
The Badgers are one of three Big Ten teams in the top 25, joining No. 5 Illinois and No. 13 Michigan State. Michigan, the 2004 postseason NIT champion, is just outside at No. 27. Indiana received one vote.