For the second time in his four years in Columbus, Chris Holtmann will open the season coaching a top-25 Ohio State team.
The Buckeyes are ranked No. 23 in the preseason Associated Press poll, which was released at noon on Monday.
Six other Big Ten teams – No. 5 Iowa, No. 7 Wisconsin, No. 8 Illinois, No. 13 Michigan State, No. 24. Rutgers and No. 25 Michigan – also made the top-25 poll. Gonzaga will open the year ranked No. 1.
In order to reach – and exceed – the preseason expectations, the Buckeyes will need contributions from a roster of players which will play in stark contrast to the team's style in recent years. They'll need a second-year leap from E.J. Liddell, stellar play from Cal transfer Justice Sueing, point guard CJ Walker to continue his strong late-season performances and Duane Washington Jr. to take a step forward.
Since Ohio State pulled out of the Crossover Classic, it's unclear when the team will begin its season.
|1||GONZAGA||0–0||1,541 (28)||2||West Coast|
|2||BAYLOR||0–0||1,540 (24)||5||Big 12|
|3||VILLANOVA||0–0||1,501 (11)||10||Big East|
|4||VIRGINIA||0–0||1,364 (1)||16||Atlantic Coast|
|13||MICHIGAN STATE||0–0||820||9||Big Ten|
|14||TEXAS TECH||0–0||790||–||Big 12|
|15||WEST VIRGINIA||0–0||651||24||Big 12|
|16||NORTH CAROLINA||0–0||465||–||Atlantic Coast|
|18||ARIZONA STATE||0–0||402||–||Pacific 12|
|21||FLORIDA STATE||0–0||351||4||Atlantic Coast|
|23||OHIO STATE||0–0||270||19||Big Ten|