Ohio State Soars to No. 8 in AP Poll Following Wins Over Purdue, Iowa

By James Grega on February 12, 2018 at 12:05 pm
Ohio State basketball

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Ohio State's incredible run continues.

Following an upset victory over then-ranked No. 3 Purdue on Wednesday and a rout of Iowa on Saturday, the Buckeyes jumped to No. 8 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll on Monday, its highest ranking since January of 2014. 

After dropping back-to-back games to Ohio State and Michigan State, the Boilermakers dropped three spots to No. 6, while the Spartans jumped to No. 2 after the top three teams in the country (Villanova, Virginia, Purdue) all lost. 

The only other Big Ten team to appear in the top 25 was Michigan, who dropped two spots to No. 22 after falling to Northwestern, 61-52, on Feb. 6. The Wolverines did however, survive a road trip to Wisconsin on Sunday, defeating the Badgers, 83-72. 

Ohio State's jump in the AP poll comes one day after the Buckeyes appeared as a No. 4 seed (No. 14 overall) in the NCAA Tournament Bracket Preview

AP Poll
RANK TEAM RECORD PTS 1st VOTES PREV
1 VIRGINIA 23-2 1,557 30 2
2 MICHIGAN STATE 24-3 1,527 21 4
3 VILLANOVA 23-2 1,518 9 1
4 XAVIER 23-3 1,465 5 5
5 CINCINNATI 23-2 1,359 6
6 PURDUE 23-4 1,269 3
7 TEXAS TECH 21-4 1,258 7
8 OHIO STATE 22-5 1,094 14
9 GONZAGA 23-4 1,063 12
10 AUBURN 22-3 1,025 8
11 CLEMSON 20-4 945 16
12 DUKE 20-5 942 9
13 KANSAS 19-6 816 10
14 NORTH CAROLINA 19-7 763 21
15 SAINT MARY'S (CAL) 24-3 683 11
16 RHODE ISLAND 20-3 666 18
17 ARIZONA 20-6 594 13
18 TENNESSEE 18-6 580 15
19 WICHITA STATE 19-5 495 22
20 WEST VIRGINIA 18-7 339 19
21 TEXAS A&M 17-8 241
22 MICHIGAN 20-7 239 20
23 OKLAHOMA 16-8 152 17
24 NEVADA 21-5 87 23
25 ARIZONA STATE 19-6 83
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