Badgers climb to No. 14 in AP rankings

Wisconsin forward Sam Dekker and Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes celebrate after their 79-74 victory over Iowa during an NCAA college basketball game in Iowa City, Iowa, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
Wisconsin forward Sam Dekker and Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes celebrate after their 79-74 victory over Iowa during an NCAA college basketball game in Iowa City, Iowa, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)

One win in a light week led to the Wisconsin Badgers climbing two spots to No. 14 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25.

Wisconsin (22-5) beat then-15th ranked Iowa (19-7) 79-74 on Thursday.  It was the Badgers’ only game of the week.

Iowa fell five spots down to No. 20 after the loss.

Bo Ryan’s squad hosts Indiana on Tuesday and travels to Penn State on for a Sunday morning contest with tip scheduled for 11 a.m.

UW-Green Bay picked up one more vote in the AP rankings, and now has two total votes.

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 23, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:

Record   Pts   Prv
1. Florida (47)    25-2    1,606    2
2. Wichita St. (14)    29-0    1,549    3
3. Arizona (4)    25-2    1,494    4
4. Syracuse    25-2    1,410    1
5. Kansas    21-6    1,310    8
6. Duke    22-6    1,286    5
7. Louisville    23-4    1,152    11
8. Villanova    24-3    1,113    9
9. Creighton    23-4    1,103    11
10. Saint Louis    25-2    1,047    10
11. Cincinnati    24-4    921    7
12. Virginia    23-5    909    14
13. San Diego St.    23-3    886    6
    14. Wisconsin    22-5    818    16
15. Iowa St.    21-5    709    17
16. Michigan    19-7    653    20
17. Kentucky    21-6    629    18
18. Michigan St.    22-6    552    13
19. North Carolina    20-7    440    -
20. Iowa    19-7    418    15
21. Memphis    21-6    288    22
22. Ohio St.    22-6    253    24
23. SMU    22-6    155    -
24. Texas    20-7    129    19
25. New Mexico    21-5    113    -
Others receiving votes: UConn 81, UCLA 41, Oklahoma 35, Stephen F. Austin 11, UMass 9, Gonzaga 2, Green Bay 2, NC Central 1.

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