UW men’s b-ball team ranked No. 23 in AP poll

Indiana is preseason No. 1
UW men’s b-ball team ranked No. 23 in AP poll

The Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team is one of five Big Ten teams that made the Associated Press preseason top 25 poll, but they’re the lowest ranked of the 5.

UW will enter the season ranked no. 23. The Badgers return four starters from last year’s team, but star point guard Jordan Taylor has moved on after graduation.

Indiana is No. 1 in The Associated Press’ preseason Top 25 for the third time and for the first since the 1979-80 season.

The Hoosiers return all five starters, including 7-foot sophomore Cody Zeller.

 They received 43 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Friday. Louisville and Kentucky, the teams ranked second and third, received the rest of the first-place votes with Louisville getting 20 and the defending national champion the other two.

Ohio State and Michigan join Indiana as Big Ten teams in the top five. The last time a conference had three teams in the preseason top five was 2008-09 when Connecticut, Louisville and Pittsburgh of the Big East were second, third and fifth, respectively.

North Carolina State, Kansas, Duke, Syracuse and Florida round out the top 10. Michigan State is the other Big Ten team ranked in the poll, coming in at no. 14.