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Wisconsin ranked No. 21 in preseason poll

Find out where the Badgers stand in the preseason coaches poll, released Wednesday.

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin's men's basketball team will open the 2012-13 season ranked No. 21 in the USA Today coaches poll, released Wednesday.


The Badgers return four of five starters — guard Josh Gassser, forward Mike Bruesewitz, forward Ryan Evans and center Jared Berggren. They also should benefit from the addition of highly touted freshman Sam Dekker, a 6-foot-7 forward from Sheboygan, Wis.


Despite the top 25 spot, Wisconsin is ranked behind four Big Ten teams.


Indiana is ranked No. 1 with 761 points and received 21 of 31 first-place votes. It is the Hoosiers' first top ranking since the end of the 1992-93 regular season.


Louisville, Kentucky, Ohio State and Michigan round out the top five. The Cardinals and Wildcats each received five first-place votes. Michigan State is No. 14.


The full USA Today top-25 is listed below:


1. Indiana

2. Louisville

3. Kentucky

4. Ohio State

5. Michigan

6. North Carolina State

7. Kansas

8. Duke

9. Syracuse

10. Florida

11. Arizona

12. North Carolina

13. UCLA

14. Michigan State

15. Creighton

16. Memphis

17. Missouri

18. Baylor

19. UNLV

20. San Diego State

21. Wisconsin

22. Gonzaga

23. Notre Dame

T24. Florida State

T24. Texas



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