Badger Sports Roundup

Men's basketball, hockey slip in polls; women's hockey steady at No. 1

The Wisconsin men's hockey team (18-4-2) fell out of the No. 1 ranking in the poll, released Monday. Boston College (16-4-2) claimed 27 of 40 first-place votes to surge ahead of the Badgers and into the top spot, ending UW's seven-week run at No. 1.

The Badgers are ranked No. 2 after being swept by No. 14 Denver (14-10-2) over the weekend. UW faces off with No. 4 Minnesota (16-6-4) this weekend. The Badgers, who received 11 first-place votes, are just five poll points ahead of No. 3 Miami of Ohio (17-4-4).

In addition to Wisconsin, Denver and Minnesota, other WCHA teams in the poll include No. 7 North Dakota (17-10-1) and No. 9 Colorado College (17-10-1).

Wisconsin remained No. 1 in the all-important PairWise rankings. The PWR attempts to mimic the NCAA's selection criteria. In the PWR, UW was followed by Miami, Minnesota and Boston College.

The Wisconsin women's hockey team (21-2-1) remained No. 1 in the poll, claiming 11 of 15 first-place votes. The Badgers are riding a 10-game unbeaten streak.

New Hampshire (19-2-1) was No. 2 in the women's poll, followed by a pair of the Badgers' WCHA rivals: Minnesota-Duluth (17-4-1) and Minnesota (16-7-1).

The Wisconsin men's basketball team (14-4) slipped eight spots in both the Associated Press and coaches polls after losing a home game to North Dakota State Saturday and losing at Ohio State last Wednesday. The Badgers are No. 23 in the AP and No. 21 according to the coaches. UW has also slipped from No. 3 to No. 10 in the RPI.

Four other Big Ten teams grace the AP and coaches rankings: No. 8/7 Illinois (17-2), No. 11/12 Michigan State (15-4), No. 13/11 Indiana (12-3) and No. 16/16 Ohio State (14-2).

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