For the first time in the Chris Holtmann era, Ohio State will enter the season as a top-25 team.
The Buckeyes will open the season as the No. 18 team in the Associated Press Top-25 poll, which was released Monday afternoon.
Three other teams in the Big Ten were included in the top 25. No. 1 Michigan State, No. 7 Maryland and No. 23 Purdue made appearances in the ranking. Illinois got 14 votes, and Michigan earned two votes.
Ohio State will play seven games against teams in the preseason top-25 poll:
- Nov. 13: No. 10 Villanova (home)
- Dec. 4: No. 9 North Carolina (road)
- Dec. 21: No. 2 Kentucky (neutral)
- Jan. 7: No. 7 Maryland (home)
- Feb. 15: No. 23 Purdue (home)
- Feb. 23: No. 7 Maryland (road)
- March 8: No. 1 Michigan State (road)
On Sunday, the Buckeyes defeated Louisville, 80-69, in a closed-door exhibition. The Cardinals checked in at No. 5 in the poll.
The Buckeyes open the season against Cincinnati at home on Nov. 6. They face Cedarville in an exhibition at the Schottenstein Center on Oct. 30.
|1||Michigan State||Big Ten||1,619 (60)|
|3||Kansas||Big 12||1,457 (3)|
|12||Seton Hall||Big East||863|
|13||Texas Tech||Big 12||837|
|17||Utah State||Mountain West||491|
|18||Ohio State||Big Ten||407|
|20||Saint Mary's||West Coast||330|