UP: UW Badgers. For the first time, the UW basketball team is ranked No. 1 in the nation in a poll by the Associated Press. A poll of coaches by USA Today and ESPN later ranked the UW No. 2, behind rival Ohio State. The Badgers have won 26 games this season ' although they lost Tuesday night against Michigan State.
DOWN: Denise Jackson. The 16-year-old singer from Madison is not a finalist on American Idol and did not appear in either of the show's two broadcasts last week. Jackson's manager accused Fox 47 News of ruining her chances by erroneously reporting that Jackson held a fund-raiser to pay for her Hollywood trip. Fund-raisers are forbidden by the show. But the news station says Jackson knew back in November that she did not make the final cut.