After Thad Matta spoke about Ohio State's need to execute offensively to reach their full potential, the Buckeyes found out their first AP Top 25 ranking of the 2013-14 season.
Though the AP Top 25 poll is but procedural in college hoops, it's still a decent barometer of where a team's at (and as always, provides a solid enough opportunity for water cooler debate and otherwise).
The Buckeyes find themselves behind heavy Big Ten preseason favorite Michigan State (who received 22 first place votes in the poll) as well as last year's national runners up, Michigan, who check in at 7th. Wisconsin is also 20th in the inaugural poll and rounds out the Big Ten sides represented in the first college basketball press poll of the year.
Here is the first 2013-2014 AP Top 25 poll in its entirety:
|1. Kentucky (27)||21-12||1,546||—|
|2. Michigan St. (22)||27-9||1,543||9|
|3. Louisville (14)||35-5||1,501||2|
|4. Duke (2)||30-6||1,435||6|
|8. Oklahoma St.||24-9||1,093||17|
|11. Ohio St.||29-8||1,036||7|
|12. North Carolina||25-11||954||—|
|16. Wichita St.||30-9||512||—|
|21. Notre Dame||25-10||332||23|
|23. New Mexico||29-6||213||10|