After serving up a bountiful display on Tuesday, college basketball will continue to shine Wednesday with a wealth of top 25 teams taking the court. Twelve ranked teams have conference games, highlighted by No. 23 Illinois heading on the road to take on No. 4 Wisconsin at 9 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.
Wisconsin has tied the best start in school history at 15-0, and the only thing that stands in their way is a Fighting Illini team that hasn't beaten a top-five opponent on the road since 1989.
The Badgers are one of the nations most balanced teams. They are rated No. 4 in KenPom ratings, and sit No. 12 in AdjO and No. 13 in AdjD. The Badgers have four different players averaging at least 10 points a game, led by Sam Dekker at 14.1 points. They also average 8.5 turnovers a game, which is lowest in the country.
The Fighting Illini also take care of the ball, averaging just 10.3 turnovers per game. They will also need every ounce of offense they can get. The Badgers allow just 60.5 points per game.
Here are the rest of the games featuring ranked opponents.
The Villanova Wildcats are carrying the torch for the Big East in the top 25, and it doesn't look like a depleted Pirates team will be able to stop them. Seton Hall is missing center Gene Teague and backup Aaron Geramipoor because of injuries, not leaving much of a frontcourt. Meanwhile, the Wildcats are clicking as well offensively as they have all year. They were 14-of-26 from three-point range in a 91-61 win over Providence.
The Florida Gators are one win away from tying a school record with 24 straight home victories. So far, the Gators are 8-0 at home this season. The last time the two teams met, it was an ugly affair for South Carolina. The Gators won 75-36 and the Gamecocks posted the lowest point total ever in an SEC game. South Carolina is riding a four-game winning stream, during which they have averaged 80 points per game.
A brutal nonconference slate saw the mighty Jayhawks fall in the rankings. The icing on the cake was the loss to San Diego State to end a 68-game home winning streak against nonconference opponents. Kansas only made 17 field goals in the loss, their lowest total since making 15 against Kentucky in 1998. Freshman phenom Andrew Wiggins will meet up against yet another stellar Big 12 freshman. Guard Jordan Woodard averages 12.2 points per game. He has turned up his game lately, scoring 12 points in just 20 minutes during a win against Texas.
Saint Joseph's Hawks at No. 19 UMass Minutemen, 7 p.m. ET
The Minutemen haven't been ranked in the top 20 for quite some time. They will need a better effort than their last game to stay there. UMass has looked shaky in its past two games, needing overtime to get past Providence and sneaking past Miami despite being outplayed for much of the game. St. Joe's is riding a five-game winning streak since losing to Villanova on Dec. 7.
Much of the Shockers' roster is unknown to most of the nation, but as one of the few undefeated teams left in the NCAA they are making their names known. Wichita State has reached its highest ranking since coming in No. 2 in 1981. Lately, success has come courtesy of sophomore point guard Fred Van Vleet. Van Vleet scored a combined 39 points over his last two games and hasn't turned the ball over in his last three outings. On the year, he has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 4.2:1.
A lot of teams try to capitalize on momentum after big wins, but the Wildcats didn't have that luxury after beating the then-No. 6 Louisville Cardinals. Kentucky hasn't played since Dec. 28 after securing their first win over a ranked opponent in four tries. The Bulldogs have played well of late, winning three of their past four games, including victories over South Florida and Florida Gulf Coast.
The Tigers have a chance to extend the nation's longest home winning streak to 27 games, and the Bulldogs are just the team to do it against. The Bulldogs were overmatched in losses against Colorado and George Washington, losing by an average of 16 points. The Tigers weren't picked to finish near the top of the SEC, but they enter conference play with the best record.
The last time the Cowboys were 0-2 in Big 12 play was during the 1996-97 season. They will need a much better shooting effort than they mustered against Kansas State to make sure history doesn't repeat. Oklahoma State shot a season-worst 40.4 percent against the Wildcats. It should fare better against a Texas defense that has struggled. The Longhorns have given up at least 80 points five times this season, four of which resulted in losses.
The Buffaloes just knocked off the Oregon Ducks to crown themselves the current cream of the Pac-12. They should be able to keep their momentum going when they head on the road to face a Washington State team missing its leading scorer. The Cougars are already the conference's worst scoring team, averaging just 65.7 points per game on a conference-worst 42.3 percent shooting.
Boise State Broncos at No. 13 San Diego State Spartans, 11:05 p.m. ET, ESPNU/WatchESPN
San Diego State's defense is absolutely stifling. It allows just 55.2 points per game (good for fourth in the nation) and hold opponents to 33.9 percent shooting. The Aztecs are coming off one of their most impressive victories in school history after marching into Allen Fieldhouse and ending Kansas' 67-game home winning streak against nonconference foes. They'll carry that momentum with them when they tip off against Boise State, one of the Mountain West Conference's better scoring teams.