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Poll roundup; Gilbert, Pavelski earn acclaim; Alexander ineligible for second semester

In the polls…

The Wisconsin men's hockey team (18-2-2) maintained its No. 1 ranking in the USA Today/American Hockey men's poll and the U.S. College Hockey Online/CSTV poll after sweeping Colorado College 3-2 and 9-1 last weekend.

Other Western Collegiate Hockey Association teams who are ranked in the USA Today and polls include: Minnesota (3 in the USA Today poll and 4 in the poll), Colorado College (7/7) and North Dakota (10/9). Denver is No. 19 in the poll but is not in the USA Today poll, which only ranks the top 15 teams.

The Wisconsin women's hockey team (19-2-1) is also ranked No. 1 in the USA Today/American Hockey women's poll and the poll. WCHA foes Minnesota-Duluth and Minnesota are ranked third and fourth in the USA Today poll and fourth and fifth in the poll.

This is the first time both of Wisconsin's hockey teams have been concurrently ranked consensus No. 1 in the country.

The Wisconsin men's track team is ranked No. 3 in the season's first Trackwire national poll. The Trackwire poll predicts how each team will finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships and their team point totals. Defending champion Arkansas is ranked No. 1 and is predicted to finish with 54 points, while Trackwire predicted Wisconsin to finish third with 45 points.

Trackwire also predicts the top 12 finishers in each individual event. Wisconsin junior Chris Solinsky is picked to win the NCAA title in the 3,000 meters, a feat he accomplished last year. Trackwire predicted Solinsky to finish second in the 5,000 and teammates redshirt freshman Matt Withrow and junior Tim Nelson to finish sixth and 12th, respectively.

Other Badgers who are ranked in the Trackwire "Dandy Dozen" include: redshirt freshman Stuart Eagon (10th in the 3,000); senior Alonzo Moore (second in the triple jump); junior Demi Omole (third in the 60); senior Ben Roland (ninth in the heptathlon); and junior Nathan Brown (12th in the heptathlon). Wisconsin is picked to win the distance medley relay.

The Wisconsin men's basketball team (14-2) is ranked No. 13 in the latest USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll, moving up four spots from last week. The men's basketball team is ranked No. 15 in the Associated Press poll leaping six spots from last week. Other Big Ten teams that are ranked include: Illinois (6 in the Coaches poll and 7 in the AP poll), Indiana (11/13), Michigan State (12/11), Ohio State (19/19), and Iowa (25/23).

Men's hockey: Gilbert, Pavelski pick up honors

Wisconsin senior defenseman Tom Gilbert was named the national Player of the Week after leading his team to a sweep at Colorado College last weekend. He scored two goals and had three assists against the Tigers. Overall, Gilbert is third on the team with six goals, 13 assists and 19 points, tops among UW defensemen. He also has a team-high plus-20 plus/minus rating and plays between 20 and 30 minutes per game.

Gilbert was also named the WCHA Co-Defensive Player of the Week, along with North Dakota goaltender Philippe Lamoreux. It was Gilbert's first weekly award of his career.

Sophomore forward Joe Pavelski was named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this year. He scored two goals (including the game-winner Friday night) and notched four assists in Wisconsin's sweep of Colorado College. He tied the school record for most assists in a period with four Saturday night.

Pavelski leads UW in scoring with 31 points (14 goals, 17 assists) in 22 games, which ties him for fifth in the WCHA.

Women's basketball: Alexander ineligible for second semester

Akiya Alexander, a sophomore guard on the Wisconsin women's basketball team, was declared academically ineligible and will sit out for the spring semester at UW. She may practice with the team but cannot compete. She played in 13 games, averaging 4.4 points and 17.3 minutes per game.

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