MADISON, Wis. –A loss to Illinois and a lackluster performance against Penn State last week sent the Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team plummeting in the polls.
The Badgers, who were ranked 11th in the nation last week, fell to 14th in the latest AP Top 25 poll released Monday.
Wisconsin’s offense has cooled off in recent weeks, leading to an 80-67 road loss to the Illini last week and a narrow 51-49 win over the Nittany Lions over the weekend. The Badgers’ 41.8 percent field goal percentage ranks last in the Big Ten, and their 31.7 percent three-point percentage ranks second-to-last.
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Despite that, Wisconsin enters the week tied for second in the Big Ten with a 9-3 record in the conference, one game behind Illinois. At 18-4 overall, the Badgers have already tied last season’s win total.
The Badgers face another big conference test this week, when they travel to Michigan State on Tuesday night to take on the 17th-ranked Spartans. The Badgers lost to Michigan State in Madison in their last meeting Jan. 22, 86-74. The Spartans are 9-1 at home so far this season.
Wisconsin will go home Saturday against Rutgers.
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