Ohio State almost had a one-week stint as a ranked team.
Losing to Iowa on Thursday made it eminently possible that Chris Holtmann's team would fall out of the Associated Press top-25 poll when it came out a few days later. But after beating Maryland at home on Sunday, the Buckeyes secured a spot.
|Date of poll release||Ohio State's ranking|
|Nov. 11||No. 16|
|Nov. 18||No. 10|
|Nov. 25||No. 10|
|Dec. 2||No. 6|
|Dec. 9||No. 3|
|Dec. 16||No. 5|
|Dec. 23||No. 2|
|Dec. 30||No. 5|
|Jan. 6||No. 11|
|Jan. 13||No. 21|
|Feb. 17||No. 25|
|Feb. 24||No. 23|
They moved up from No. 25 to No. 23 in the rankings that were released on Monday afternoon. Ohio State has now been ranked in every edition of the poll other than a four-week stretch from Jan. 20 to Feb. 10.
After topping the Terrapins, the team has an 18-9 overall record and 8-8 mark in the Big Ten. It's the fifth-highest ranked team in the conference.
Five other Big Ten teams populate the top-25: No. 9 Maryland, No. 16 Penn State, No. 18 Iowa, No. 19 Michigan and No. 24 Michigan State. The Buckeyes hold wins against the Terrapins, Nittany Lions and Wolverines, and they play the Spartans on the road on March 8 to end the regular season.
Illinois and Wisconsin also received votes in the poll.
Ohio State has non-conference wins against No. 8 Kentucky and No. 12 Villanova. It also lost in non-conference play to No. 20 West Virginia in Cleveland.
The Buckeyes have will be back in action on the road at Nebraska on Thursday night before heading back to the Schottenstein Center for a home tilt with Michigan on Sunday.