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Badgers men's basketball drops to No. 8 in the AP Top 25 poll
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Badgers men's basketball drops to No. 8 in the AP Top 25 poll

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UW senior guard D'Mitrik Trice shoots over Minnesota's Both Gach during the Badgers' 71-59 win over the Golden Gophers last Thursday at the Kohl Center.

The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team dropped two spots to No. 8 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll.

The Badgers split two games last week at home, following a 70-64 loss to Maryland on Dec. 28 with a 71-59 win over then-No. 21 Minnesota three days later. UW’s game at Penn State, scheduled for Sunday, was postponed after positive COVID-19 tests within the Nittany Lions program.

Seven other Big Ten teams are ranked this week: No. 5 Iowa, No. 10 Michigan, No. 12 Illinois, No. 15 Rutgers, No. 16 Minnesota and No. 23 Michigan State.

The Badgers (9-2, 3-1 Big Ten) return to action Thursday with a game against visiting Indiana (6-4, 1-2).

The first NET rankings, a system used to seed the NCAA tournament field, also were released Monday. The Badgers are No. 11 in that ranking.

Here’s where the other Big Ten teams stand in the NET: No. 4 Illinois, No. 6 Michigan, No. 7 Iowa, No. 17 Rutgers, No. 28 Ohio State, No. 32 Maryland, No. 42 Penn State, No. 43 Minnesota, No. 47 Purdue, No. 50 Northwestern, No. 51 Indiana, No. 119 Michigan State and No. 186 Nebraska.

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