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Bo Ryan's Badgers top Michigan State to reenter Top 25 (and one)

Wisconsin went through a tough stretch recently and lost five of six games, including three at home. The Badgers couldn't guard anybody. It was weird and bad, and it cost them. But Bo Ryan's team did so much work early this season that they were always just a nice win away from reentering the Top 25 (and one), and that nice win came Sunday over Michigan State.

Yes, the Spartans were shorthanded.

That's obviously worth noting.

(Consider it noted.)

But the victory still counts as Wisconsin's fifth over a school rated in the top 25 of the RPI, and do you know how many teams have five wins over schools rated in the top 25 of the RPI? Answer: Two. Kansas and Wisconsin. So the Badgers are in a good spot heading into the final four weeks of the regular season ... long as they, you know, keep winning.

Anyway ...

The Top 25 (and one) updates every morning and also on Sunday nights.

Here's the latest version:

(Click this link to view each team's previous ranking, recent results, future schedule, etc.)

  1. Syracuse (23-0)
  2. Arizona (23-1)
  3. San Diego State (21-1)
  4. Florida (21-2)
  5. Villanova (21-2)
  6. Wichita State (25-0)
  7. Kansas (18-5)
  8. Iowa State (18-4)
  9. Michigan State (20-4)
  10. Cincinnati (22-3)
  11. Duke (19-5)
  12. Iowa (18-6)
  13. Saint Louis (22-2)
  14. Michigan (17-6)
  15. Creighton (19-4)
  16. Louisville (19-4)
  17. Connecticut (18-5)
  18. Virginia (19-5)
  19. Memphis (18-5)
  20. Kentucky (18-5)
  21. Wisconsin (19-5)
  22. Texas (18-5)
  23. Ohio State (19-5)
  24. Oklahoma (18-6)
  25. SMU (19-5)
  26. Gonzaga (21-4)

Gary Parrish is a senior college basketball columnist for CBSSports.com and college basketball insider for the CBS Sports Network. The Mississippi native also hosts an award-winning radio show in Memphis. He lives in that area with his wife, two sons and two dogs.
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