Poll roundup: all steady

Men's basketball, men's and women's hockey remain locked in place in national polls

The University of Wisconsin men's basketball team held steady at No. 20 in both the latest Associated Press and the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll, each released Monday. The Badgers played one game last week, beating Michigan 76-50.

Thursday, Wisconsin (17-6 overall, 8-4 Big Ten) faces a daunting road game at Michigan State (19-4, 10-2). The Spartans moved up one spot in each poll, to No. 10 in the AP and No. 9 according to the coaches.

Big Ten-leading Illinois (27-0, 13-0) remains a unanimous No. 1 in each poll.

The Wisconsin men's hockey team remained No. 6 in the USCHO.com/CSTV top-15 poll, after splitting a home series with then-No. 3 Colorado College over the weekend. The first-place Tigers (18-6-2 WCHA, 25-6-3 overall) moved into a tie for the No. 2 spot with Cornell.

In addition to UW and CC, two other WCHA teams grace the USCHO rankings. Denver (17-5-2, 22-7-2) remained No. 1 for the second straight week, while Minnesota (13-10-1, 20-12-1) slipped from No. 10 to No. 12.

Denver and CC are 1-2 in the Pairwise rankings, which mimic the NCAA's selection process. Minnesota is No. 5 in the Pairwise, while Wisconsin (16-7-1, 21-9-2) is in a four-way tie for seventh. The Badgers' opponent this week, North Dakota (11-12-1, 16-13-3), is No. 15.

The Wisconsin women's hockey team remained at No. 4 in the USCHO.com top-10 women's poll after sweeping a road series from Bemidji State over the weekend.

Fellow WCHA squads Minnesota (24-0-2, 29-1-2) and Minnesota-Duluth (21-3-2, 23-3-2) remain No. 1 and No. 2, respectfully.

Minnesota, Minnesota-Duluth and Wisconsin (18-7-1, 24-7-1) also come in 1-2-4 in the Pairwise rankings.


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