Ohio State Remains At No. 19 In Final AP Poll Before Selection Sunday

By March 9, 2020 (5:00 pm)Basketball
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After splitting two games this week, the Ohio State men’s basketball team held firm at No. 19 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, which was released on Monday afternoon.

The Buckeyes beat Illinois, 71-63,  on Thursday night but dropped the regular-season finale at Michigan State, 80-69, on Sunday afternoon to finish the year at 21-10 overall (11-9 in the Big Ten).

Kansas, meanwhile, maintained its grip on the No. 1 spot for the third straight week, followed by Gonzaga, Dayton, Florida State and Baylor. Five other Big Ten teams are in the top 25, including conference co-champion Michigan State (No. 9), Maryland (12) and Wisconsin (18), as well as Illinois (21) and Iowa (25).

Ohio State is set to begin postseason play against Purdue on Thursday as the No. 7 seed in the Big Ten Tournament. Tip off is set for 6:30 p.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Check out the full AP Top 25 poll below:

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS CONFERENCE
1 KANSAS 28–3 1,625 1 Big 12
2 GONZAGA 29–2 1,546 2 West Coast
3 DAYTON 29–2 1,507 3 Atlantic 10
4 FLORIDA STATE 26–5 1,384 7 Atlantic Coast
5 BAYLOR 26–4 1,322 4 Big 12
6 SAN DIEGO STATE 30–2 1,261 5 Mountain West
7 CREIGHTON 24–7 1,157 11 Big East
8 KENTUCKY 25–6 1,118 6 Southeastern
9 MICHIGAN STATE 22–9 995 16 Big Ten
10 DUKE 25–6 990 12 Atlantic Coast
11 VILLANOVA 24–7 989 14 Big East
12 MARYLAND 24–7 912 9 Big Ten
13 OREGON 24–7 904 13 Pacific 12
14 BYU 24–7 762 15 West Coast
15 LOUISVILLE 24–7 755 10 Atlantic Coast
16 SETON HALL 21–9 722 8 Big East
17 VIRGINIA 23–7 560 22 Atlantic Coast
18 WISCONSIN 21–10 495 24 Big Ten
19 OHIO STATE 21–10 443 19 Big Ten
20 AUBURN 25–6 436 17 Southeastern
21 ILLINOIS 21–10 241 23 Big Ten
22 HOUSTON 23–8 167 21 American Athletic
22 WEST VIRGINIA 21–10 167 Big 12
24 BUTLER 22–9 161 Big East
25 IOWA 20–11 111 18 Big Ten