Poll wrap: men's hoops falls

Badger men's basketball drops to No. 23; women's hockey up to No. 3

After splitting road games Thursday and Sunday, the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team dropped three spots to No. 23 in the Associated Press poll and the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll.

The Badgers (9-5 Big Ten, 19-9 overall) lost 77-64 at Michigan State Thursday but bounced back to win 64-56 at Ohio State Sunday.

Conference champion Illinois (14-0, 28-0) is No. 1 in each poll for the 13th consecutive week while MSU (11-3, 20-5) checks in at No. 14 in the AP and No. 12 according to the coaches.

The Wisconsin men's hockey team remained No. 6 in the USCHO.com/CSTV top 15 poll, despite going 0-1-1 in a weekend set at North Dakota. The Badgers (16-8-2 Western Collegiate Hockey Association, 21-10-3 overall) are No. 7 in the Pairwise rankings.

The WCHA is well represented in the Pairwise. Colorado College (18-6-2, 25-6-3) and Denver (18-6-2, 23-8-2) are tied for No. 1, Minnesota (15-10-1, 22-12-1) is an a tie at No. 4 and North Dakota (12-12-2, 17-13-4) is No. 12.

The Wisconsin women's hockey team moved up one spot to No. 3 in the USCHO.com top 10 women's poll after sweeping St. Cloud State over the weekend to improve to 20-7-1 in the WCHA and 26-7-1 overall. The Badgers, winners of eight straight, remained No. 4 in the Pairwise, however.

Minnesota (25-1-2, 30-2-2) and Minnesota-Duluth (22-4-2, 24-4-2), who split a series with each other in Duluth over the weekend, remained 1-2 in both the USCHO.com and the Pairwise rankings.

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