It’s shaping up to be a special year in Madison once again on the basketball court.

The first Associated Press poll came out on Monday, with Wisconsin coming in at No. 9. The Badgers were the highest ranked Big Ten team on the list, and were one of five Big Ten teams in the poll.

The Badgers will play against No. 11 Indiana, No. 12 Michigan State, No. 15 Purdue, No. 22 Creighton, and No. 25 Maryland this season. They could match up in Maui with No.5 Oregon, No. 6 North Carolina, and/or No. 18 Connnecticut.

The Badgers played an exhibition on Sunday. Here were our takeaways.

Full AP Poll

  1. Duke
  2. Kentucky
  3. Kansas
  4. Villanova
  5. Oregon
  6. North Carolina
  7. Xavier
  8. Virginia
  9. Wisconsin
  10. Arizona
  11. Indiana
  12. Michigan State
  13. Louisville
  14. Gonzaga
  15. Purdue
  16. UCLA
  17. Saint Mary’s (CA)
  18. Connecticut
  19. Syracuse
  20. West Virginia
  21. Texas
  22. Creighton
  23. Rhode Island
  24. Iowa State
  25. Maryland