Poll wrap: men's hockey slips

Men's basketball still 23rd in Associated Press poll

The University of Wisconsin men's basketball team remained No. 23 in the latest Associated Press poll but moved up one spot to No. 22 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll.

The Badgers (20-7 overall, 11-5 Big Ten) won a pair of homes games last week, topping Indiana 62-60 last Tuesday and Purdue 64-52 Saturday. Wisconsin will face the winner of the Ohio State/Penn State game in a Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal Friday at 8:10 p.m. at the United Center in Chicago.

Illinois (29-1, 15-1) remained No. 1 in each poll for the 14th consecutive week. Michigan State (22-5, 12-3), the only other Big Ten team in the polls, checked in at No. 10 in the coaches' rankings and No. 13 in the AP.

The Badger men's hockey team slipped two spots to No. 8 in the USCHO.com/CSTV top 15 poll. Wisconsin went 0-1-1 at Minnesota-Duluth Friday and Saturday, running its record to 1-5-3 in its last nine games. The Badgers (21-11-4 overall, 16-9-3 WCHA) play a best-of-three series with Alaska Anchorage (11-17-6, 9-15-4) in the first round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs this weekend at the Dane County Coliseum in Madison.

WCHA teams Colorado College (26-7-3, 19-7-2) and Denver (24-9-2, 19-7-2) are 1-2 in the poll, with Minnesota (24-12-1, 17-10-1) at No. 6 and North Dakota (18-13-5, 13-12-3) at No. 14.

The league also dominates the Pairwise rankings, with Colorado College and Denver in a tie with Hockey East power Boston College at No. 1. Minnesota is part of a tie at No. 5 and Wisconsin and North Dakota are part of a four-way tie at No. 8.

After reaching the championship game of the WCHA Tournament last weekend, the UW women's hockey team remained No. 3 in the USCHO.com Top 10 women's poll, behind league rivals Minnesota (33-2-2, 25-1-2) and Minnesota Duluth (26-5-2, 22-4-2). The Badgers (28-8-1, 20-7-1) remained No. 4 in the Pairwise.

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