Ohio State Jumps to No. 13 in AP Poll Following 8-0 Start to Big Ten Play

By James Grega on January 22, 2018 at 12:07 pm
Ohio State basketball

Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

88 Comments

Ohio State is a top-15 basketball team.

Following wins over Northwestern and Minnesota away from the friendly confines of Value City Arena, the Buckeyes jumped nine spots to No. 13 in the Associated Press Top 25 on Monday, ahead of its home game against Nebraska. 

Chris Holtmann's squad is off to an 8-0 start in conference play, and is defeating Big Ten teams by an average of 16.1 points per game, with the lone single-digit wins coming against Michigan (won by nine) and Northwestern on the road (won by six). 

Tied atop the Big Ten standings with Ohio State, Purdue checked into the AP Poll at No. 3 with a 19-2 overall record. Both Michigan State and Michigan round out the Big Ten teams in the rankings as the Spartans sit at No. 6 while the Wolverines dropped from No. 23 to No. 25 following a 20-point loss to Nebraska on Jan. 18. 

The Buckeyes are set to begin a four-game home stand Monday against the Cornhuskers before welcoming Penn State to town on Thursday. 

AP Poll
RANK TEAM RECORD PTS 1st VOTES PREV
1 VILLANOVA 18-1 1,623 63 1
2 VIRGINIA 18-1 1,537 1 2
3 PURDUE 19-2 1,499 1 3
4 DUKE 17-2 1,439 5
5 KANSAS 16-3 1,338 10
6 MICHIGAN STATE 17-3 1,243 9
7 WEST VIRGINIA 16-3 1,217 6
8 XAVIER 18-3 1,180 11
9 CINCINNATI 17-2 1,087 12
10 NORTH CAROLINA 16-4 1,014 15
11 ARIZONA 16-4 974 14
12 OKLAHOMA 14-4 917 4
13 OHIO STATE 17-4 787 22
14 TEXAS TECH 15-4 763 8
15 GONZAGA 17-4 610 13
16 SAINT MARY'S (CAL.) 19-2 571
17 WICHITA STATE 15-4 547 7
18 CLEMSON 16-3 474 20
19 AUBURN 17-2 470 17
20 FLORIDA 14-5 366
21 ARIZONA STATE 15-4 353 16
22 TENNESSEE 13-5 260 21
23 NEVADA 18-3 190
24 RHODE ISLAND 15-3 189
25 MICHIGAN 17-5 123 23
88 Comments
View 88 Comments