A week after falling in the rankings after its first loss of the year, Ohio State is moving back up.
By beating Kentucky and Southeast Missouri State in the past week, the Buckeyes rose from No. 5 to No. 2 in the latest Associated Press top-25 poll that dropped on Monday afternoon.
After reaching No. 3 two weeks ago, this is the team's highest ranking of the season. The Buckeyes, who received nine first-place votes, are now 11-1 and sit just behind Gonzaga (13-1) in the poll.
Five other Big Ten teams are currently in the top 25: No. 11 Michigan, No. 13 Maryland, No. 14 Michigan State, No. 20 Penn State and No. 25 Iowa. Indiana and Purdue both received votes, too.
Kentucky fell from No. 6 to No. 19 after losing to Ohio State and Utah. Villanova, which also dropped a game to the Buckeyes, is at No. 10. North Carolina is now unranked. Ohio State's next game will come against No. 22 West Virginia in Cleveland on Dec. 29.
Ohio State now has the second-ranked team in both basketball and football.
|1||Gonzaga (13-1)||West Coast||1,608 (54)|
|2||Ohio State (11-1)||Big Ten||1,520 (9)|
|3||Louisville (11-1)||ACC||1,460 (1)|
|4||Duke (10-1)||ACC||1,429 (1)|
|5||Kansas (9-2)||Big 12||1,388|
|7||Baylor (9-1)||Big 12||1,207|
|10||Villanova (9-2)||Big East||950|
|11||Michigan (9-3)||Big Ten||889|
|12||Butler (11-1)||Big East||853|
|13||Maryland (10-2)||Big Ten||785|
|14||Michigan State (9-3)||Big Ten||775|
|15||San Diego State (12-0)||Mountain West||763|
|17||Florida State (10-2)||ACC||583|
|20||Penn State (10-2)||Big Ten||332|
|22||West Virginia (10-1)||Big 12||229|
|23||Texas Tech (8-3)||Big 12||178|
|25||Iowa (9-3)||Big Ten||125|