UW plays its first exhibition game of the season on Nov. 3 when it hosts UW-Stout at 7 p.m. at the Kohl Center. The regular season tips off on Nov. 12 against Mercer at 4 p.m. at the Kohl Center.
The Badgers return nine of their top 10 players from a team that went 19-12 last year and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the eighth consecutive year. Among those returnees is Alando Tucker, the lone returning first-team All-Big Ten selection from 2006. UW returns three other starters as well in seniors Kammron Taylor and Jason Chappell and junior Brian Butch.
Wisconsin was one of two Big Ten reams ranked in the top 10 as defending conference champion Ohio State was ranked fourth. Other Badger opponents appearing in the poll include Pittsburgh (fifth) and Marquette (17th). Illinois, Oklahoma State, Michigan, Michigan State, Florida State and Indiana were all among those receiving votes.