Basketball Buckeyes Ranked 10th in Coaches Poll

By Kyle Rowland on October 17, 2013 at 3:52p
Aaron Craft and Co. start the year at No. 10.

Coming off a 29-win season and trip to the Elite Eight, the Ohio State men's basketball team will begin the season ranked No. 10 in the Coaches Poll. Kentucky is No. 1, followed by Michigan State, Louisville, Duke and Arizona to round out the top five. 

Three Big Ten teams — Michigan State, Michigan and Ohio State — are inside the top 10. Wisconsin and Indiana are also ranked. 

The Buckeyes have six opponents in the rankings — Michigan State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Marquette and Notre Dame. 

Ohio State opens the season Nov. 9 vs. Morgan State.

1 Kentucky 
2 Michigan State 
3 Louisville 
4 Duke 
5 Arizona 
6 Kansas 
7 Syracuse 
8 Florida 
9 Michigan 
10 Ohio State 
11 North Carolina 
12 Oklahoma State
13 Memphis 
14 Gonzaga 
15 VCU 
16 Wichita State
17 Marquette 
18 Oregon 
19 Connecticut 
20 New Mexico 
21 Wisconsin
22 Notre Dame
23 UCLA 
24 Indiana 
25 Virginia


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Buckeye in Illini country's picture

Why does Aaron Craft still have to be engaged?  So dreamy.

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Deadly Nuts's picture

Glad to see Notre Dame ranked. It adds beef to the OOC schedule.


Nick's picture

Meh we don't have those SOS problems with basketball.

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

This is a great ranking for us. Not too high, not too low. This is going to be a great year in both the B1G and nationally.

GoBucksOSU's picture

I think OSU should at least be ranked ahead of TTUN.

Nick's picture

Agree they will have a hard time replacing Burke.

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Glad to see the coaches put a team that didn't make the tourney last year at #1...

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Knarcisi's picture

Cal got his spending budget maxed in the offseason. 

Nick's picture

Weren't they way overrated last year too? I like that basketball you don't have to worry about the polls not only in the beginning of the season but in the end either. 

CanadianBuckeye's picture

Just a quick note,there is a small error in the blurb under the Buckshots heading.  There are three Big Ten teams in the top TEN, but there are five B1G teams in the top 25.  

Unky Buck's picture

+1 Was going to say the same thing.

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GoBucksOSU's picture

Well I'm sure the rest of us wish we could forget Tom Crean and Bo Ryan existed too.

BuckeyeLurker0509's picture

I think that ranking is a little disrespectful, *shrug*
1 Kentucky ....fair
2 Michigan I like our chances vs them.
3 what?
4 Duke....fair
6 Kansas..fair
9 Michigan...fair, but I think Walton has some big shoes to fill. I like our chances if Marc Loving can give us some relief inside for McGary and GR3

Knarcisi's picture

That's a fair ranking. Lost our leading scorer and have yet to show we have a presence in he middle. 

Nick's picture

Very few teams have a very good/great center. Usually they are PFs playing center, but college is a guard orientated game and I will take my chances with Craft/Scott/Smith combo.

Knarcisi's picture

We aren't needing great.  We need average. Ravenel/Williams/McDonald from last year has a long way to go to get to average. 

GoBucksOSU's picture

How is Kentucky at #1 fair when they did not even reach last season's tourney? That would be like Alabama going 7-6 in football last year and gets ranked #1 in this year's preseason just because they had the #1 recruiting class. It would not happen.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Basketball is completely different than football. 

GoBucksOSU's picture

I understand that but you can't determine that they will be #1 just because of a few highly rated recruits who have yet to play a second of college ball. Ranked in the top 10? Fine. But not #1.

tennbuckeye19's picture

It's a preseason poll. It means very little.
But, based on the players they have returning and the class they brought in, there is good reason to believe they will be the best team in the country. Are they? We'll see. 

Nick's picture

The poll anytime of year means very little

luckynutz's picture

They were ranked number 1 two years ago with the same roster makeup...a couple sophomores coming back to raise draft stock and a boatload of incoming freshman talent. And proceeded to lay waste to all comers...I'd say its fair to believe they are going to navigate the same course this year. And besides, its a preseason ranking. And rankings in basketball mean much less than football. Basketball plays between 32-35 regular season games. And rankings fluctuate. Basketball has the rpi...which is what they hoped the bcs might resemble. Basketball teams also are more apt to schedule games with big time opponents because of the rpi. Preseason rankings in basketball don't have nearly the pact on championship aspirations as they do in football. Because if they did, then the big ten would be basketballs SEC. March madness is the greatest championship test in all of sports...because all you have to do is get in, get hot and win out.

d5k's picture

This class is better than the Anthony Davis class.  6 of the top 15-20 on some sites...  And the 6 fill all 5 positions, not much redundancy.  And they have some decent veterans.  

unholy bucknut's picture

It has happend USC got the number one ranking in the polls after a sub par season just because of Barkley. These kind of things are a moot point especially in mens bb.

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

Because they are loaded and they are not the same team as last year.  Last year it was all freshman they had a few of the guys stay in that talented class and have the best class coming in again.  But like everyone says pre season rankings don't matter it will all shake out during the season.  Cal subscribes to the one and done's so some years they will not play to the potential while other years the freshman will see two years ago.

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Buckeye Chuck's picture

Isn't "lol what" the defending national champion?
The polls will be moot soon enough. Especially in basketball, there are always a couple of teams no one sees coming, and a couple of others that prove to be badly overrated.
Tenth is just below where we would have been at the end of the last regular season, we lost our top scorer, and we don't have obvious immediate freshman contributors. Seems fair enough.

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BucksfanXC's picture

Also people need to keep in mind the polls don't mean anything in basketball. You can't compare it to football polls, at all.

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HolyBuckeye1093's picture

I think TTUN is way over ranked. I thought at the beginning of the year last year they were one of the best teams in the country with Burke and THJ in the backcourt. It's going to be impossible for them to replace the production of both those players with their current year. I expect them to take a big step back next year.

d5k's picture

Really don't think you could say similar things about us losing DT?  McGary really came on late last year and will probably be the best big man in the conference this year.  Glenn Robinson will also improve upon a solid season.
Any leaps we expect from guys like Laquinton Ross and especially Amir Williams are more realistic with Robinson/McGary.  And they have 2 highly thought of guards coming in along with their relatively deep rotation players from last year.
Not saying we aren't solid contenders as well (I am one of the biggest anti-chicken littles you'll find) but the other top teams in the conference will reload as well.  Indiana has to replace more than Michigan but had a recruiting class that would be #1 if not for Kentucky's NBA Development League lite program.

HolyBuckeye1093's picture

It will come down to Walton for TTUN. JB offense is highly dependent on a quick, smart PG with a great ability to dribble penetrate and kick to open shooters. I don't see Walton being even close to Trey Burke's ability. Plus losing a guy like TH3 who can also create his shot will put even more pressure on Walton to make plays. Mcgary was a beast in the tourney but he is having lower back problems and really could be a deterrent to having a consistent post presence. I just dont think they can replace the production of their back court and stay that high in the polls.

otrain2416's picture

Not to be that guy but its 5 BIG teams in the top 25 Mich St OSU scUM Indiana and Wisconsin on the title of the article

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

OurHonorDefend09's picture

Just 3 teams ranked in the Top 10? Must be a "down-decade" for the B1G in basketball as well.

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TheShookster's picture

10th sounds good to me. I've got a good feeling about this team. I hope that Della Valle is close to Matta-level on defense because I want that dude to play. I want to see him and Q doing to other teams what always seems to happen to us: hitting an obscene amount of 3's.

He ain't even stretch doe!!