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January 13, 2014

Badgers ranked No. 3 in AP Poll

MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin Badgers (16-0, 3-0 Big Ten) were voted as the number three team in the country in this week's AP Poll, their highest ranking in the poll since the week of March 5, 2007.

No. 3 Wisconsin has been ranked every week this season, a feat that - should it continue - would be accomplished for just the fourth time in the Bo Ryan-era.

The Badgers received 1,482 votes and jumped Ohio State (15-2, 2-2), who fell from No. 3 to No. 11 after losing back-to-back games for just the third time in the past five seasons. No. 4 Michigan State (15-1, 4-0) climbed one spot after defeating Ohio State and Minnesota (13-4, 2-2) this past week.

Despite losing a heart breaking games in Madison on January 5, the No. 14 Iowa Hawkeyes (12-3, 3-1) bounced back this week with victories over Northwestern (8-9, 1-3) and Ohio State this past week. The Hawkeyes moved up six spots from No. 20, tied for the third-largest jump in the polls this week. Illinois (13-4, 2-2) dropped from No. 23 to out of the polls after losing to Wisconsin and Northwestern this past week.

As a whole, the Big Ten conference is still tied with the Big 12 for most teams represented in the top-25 (4). The Pac-12, the ACC, and the American Athletic Conference (AAC) each have three teams, while the A-10 and SEC conferences have two.

No. 1 Arizona (17-0) and No. 2 Syracuse (16-0) held on to the top spots in the poll for the sixth consecutive week. No. 19 Cincinnati (15-2), No. 20 Creighton (14-2), No. 22 Pittsburgh (15-1), No. 24 Saint Louis (15-2), No. 25 Oklahoma (13-3) and No. 25 UCLA (13-3) were all newcomers to the poll.

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