Wisconsin plummets in KenPom ranking after losses to Tennessee and Providence

Wisconsin entered the season with high expectations and a top-20 KenPom ranking, usually the latter having a positive effect on the former.

Those expectations have been halted for at least the moment. The Badgers are 1-2 after tough losses to No. 9 Tennessee at home and Providence on the road. Not easy games by any means, but also not a good showing in either by a familiar Wisconsin team.

The Badgers were all the way up to No. 17 in KenPom after an opening 105-76 win over Arkansas State.

Now that losses have piled up, and the team’s offense looks a lot more suspect than it did a week ago, the team is down to No. 34 in the rating system. It gives the Badgers the No. 35 offense and No. 38 defense in the nation, with a tough schedule upcoming.

This is not the start Greg Gard or Badger fans wanted. The team needs to reverse its current course fast before the Big Ten gauntlet arrives.

Story originally appeared on Badgers Wire