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NCAA Basketball Rankings: Wisconsin Badgers, Michigan Wolverines Move Up

The Big Ten did nothing but gain ground in the AP Poll this week as the conference went 13-1, losing only to the Tar Heels.

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The Big Ten conference had an impressive opening weekend of basketball as the division went a combined 13-1 on the weekend, the one loss belonging to the Michigan St. Spartans (0-1) who faced the No. 1 ranked North Carolina Tar Heels.

The Ohio St. Buckeyes (1-0) remain the highest ranked Big Ten basketball team with a No. 3 slotting. The Wisconsin Badgers (1-0, No. 14) and the Michigan Wolverines (1-0, No. 17) have both moved up a rank since their preseason rankings of 15 and 18, respectively.

The Illinois Fighting Illini (1-0, not in Top 25) were tied for a 44th rank in the AP preseason poll and started their 2011-2012 season with a strong 67-49 win over the Loyola of Chicago Ramblers. The fighting Illini will be in action again tonight, facing the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars at 7:30 PM CST.

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 North Carolina (62) 2-0 1,620
2 Kentucky 1-0 1,519
3 Ohio State (1) 1-0 1,486
4 Connecticut (2) 1-0 1,429
5 Syracuse 1-0 1,358
6 Duke 2-0 1,274
7 Florida 1-0 1,132
8 Louisville 2-0 1,122
9 Pittsburgh 2-0 1,084
10 Memphis 0-0 1,017
11 Baylor 2-0 962
12 Kansas 1-0 835
13 Xavier 1-0 806
14 Wisconsin 1-0 801
15 Arizona 3-0 607
16 Alabama 1-0 497
17 Michigan 1-0 475
18 Vanderbilt 1-1 454
19 Texas A&M 2-0 444
20 Cincinnati 1-0 410
21 Marquette 1-0 406
22 Gonzaga 1-0 311
23 California 2-0 295
24 Missouri 1-0 200
25 Florida State 1-0 132