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Big Ten champion Badgers rise to No. 18 in AP Top 25 poll

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The Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team just keeps on moving up.

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Winners of eight straight games and nine of its last 10, Wisconsin rose to No. 18 in the AP Top 25 poll, released Monday afternoon.

The Badgers, who earned a spot in the poll for the first time last week at No. 24, beat Northwestern 63-48 on Wednesday and took down Indiana 60-56 on Saturday for a share of the Big Ten title.

Wisconsin, Maryland and Michigan State all tied for first place with conference records of 14-6. The Badgers owned tiebreakers over both programs to claim the top seed in the Big Ten tournament.

As the No. 1 seed, the Badgers received a free pass to the conference quarterfinals and will play the winner of No. 8 Rutgers and No. 9 Michigan at 12 p.m. Friday.

AP top 25 poll (Week 19) — released March 9

RANK TEAM PV RANK
1 Kansas 1
2 Gonzaga 2
3 Dayton 3
4 Florida State 7
5 Baylor 4
6 San Diego State 5
7 Creighton 11
8 Kentucky 6
9 Michigan State 16
10 Duke 12
11 Villanova 14
12 Maryland 9
13 Oregon 13
14 BYU 15
15 Louisville 10
16 Seton Hall 8
17 Virginia 22
18 Wisconsin 24
19 Ohio State 19
20 Auburn 17
21 Illinois 23
t-22 Houston 21
t-22 West Virginia N/A
24 Butler N/A
25 Iowa 18
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