As the Week 12 results of the USA TODAY Sports Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll came out Monday, the Badgers were absent from the Top 25. The team did however garner 17 votes, leaving them in the bubble just outside of the list.
The USA TODAY Sports Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll top 10 for this week includes Texas(10), Kansas(9), Arizona(8), UCLA(7), Virginia(6), Kansas State(5), Tennessee(4), Houston(3), Alabama(2), Purdue(1).
Wisconsin is coming off of a 63-60 win over Penn State on Tuesday, improving to 12-5 on the season. With the return of Tyler Wahl (ankle) to the lineup, the Badgers were able to snap a three-game skid, improving to 12-2 on the campaign with the senior forward on the court.
Greg Gard and his squad were originally set to play Northwestern on Saturday, but the game was pushed to 5:30 PM on Monday night after the Wildcats had an outbreak of COVID-19 within their program.
After Monday’s road matchup, Wisconsin will travel to face Maryland on Wednesday before returning home to face Illinois on Saturday to wrap up their week.
The Badgers would have a real shot at cracking the Top 25 next week if they’re able to produce an undefeated week.