The Ohio State men’s basketball team jumped two spots to No. 23 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll.
The Scarlet and Gray look destined to drop out of the top 25 after a loss at No. 18 Iowa, but they bounced back in a big way with a gutsy win against No. 9 Maryland.
After beating the ninth-ranked Terrapins, the Buckeyes improved to 18-9 overall and 8-8 in the Big Ten. Ohio State is the fifth-highest ranked team in the conference.
The other five Big Ten teams in the top 25 include: No. 9 Maryland, No. 16 Penn State, No. 18 Iowa, No. 19 Michigan and No. 24 Michigan State. No. 27 Illinois and No. 38 Wisconsin also received votes in the poll.
The Buckeyes boast wins against Maryland, Penn State, Michigan and Wisconsin, but also lost to the Terrapins, Nittany Lions and Badgers, in addition to Iowa.
No. 19 Michigan comes to Columbus for rivalry matchup on Sunday, March 1, with Illinois visiting on Thursday, March 5. The Buckeyes close out the regular season at No. 24 Michigan State on Sunday, March 8.
The Buckeyes next take the floor at Nebraska on Thursday, Feb. 27.
The other two ranked wins for Ohio State came during the nonconference slate against No. 8 Kentucky and No. 12 Villanova.
Below is the entire AP Top 25 Poll along with the other teams receiving votes.
AP TOP 25 POLL
WEEK 17: Released February 24
|5||San Diego State
Others receiving votes:
Arizona State 95, Illinois 82, Arizona 71, Butler 51, Virginia 50, Marquette 41, Stephen F. Austin 29, LSU 24, East Tennessee State 13, Utah State 9, Florida 8, Wisconsin 7, New Mexico State 2, Northern Iowa 2, Liberty 2, UCLA 1
For four free issues of the weekly print edition of Buckeye Sports Bulletin, no card required, sign up at the link here: http://www.buckeyesports.com/subscribe-4issue-trial/