Ohio State Men’s Basketball Moves Up To No. 22, Women’s Basketball Jumps To No. 18 In Latest AP Polls

By December 7, 2020 (2:00 pm)Basketball
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Both unbeaten Ohio State basketball teams moved up one spot in the latest AP polls. 

The 3-0 men’s basketball team improved to No. 22 after a dominant 77-44 victory over Morehead State and a cancellation due to COVID-19 concerns at Alabama A&M.

The 3-0 women’s basketball team jumped to No. 18 following two blowout wins against Kent State, 103-47, and Northern Kentucky, 96-63. 

Both the men’s and women’s AP polls had movement near the top of the rankings. 

In the men’s poll, the top three of No. 1 Gonzaga, No. 2 Baylor and No. 3 Iowa stayed the same, while Michigan State lept four spots to No. 4 after defeating Duke, Detroit and Western Michigan, and Kansas climbed two spots to No. 5 with wins against Kentucky, Washburn and North Dakota State.

In the women’s poll, previously No. 1 South Carolina dropped to No. 5 after losing to NC State, who jumped from No. 8 to No. 4. Stanford moved up one spot to No. 1, while Louisville leapt from No. 5 to No. 2, and UConn stayed at No. 3.

For the men’s poll, the Big Ten features six ranked teams, with Illinois at No. 6, Wisconsin at No. 13 and Rutgers at No. 21, outside of No. 3 Iowa, No. 4 Michigan State, and the No. 22 Buckeyes.

Outside of the top 26, the Big Ten boasts multiple teams receiving votes in No. 26 Michigan, No. 29 Indiana, and No. 39 Maryland.

For the women’s poll, No. 18 Ohio State is joined by Big Ten foes Maryland at No. 14, Indiana at No. 15, Northwestern at No. 17, and Michigan at No. 19.

Photo courtesy of Dept. of Ohio State Athletics.

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