As news that Michigan's athletic director Dave Brandon would be resigning took to the internet, some developments more directly in Ohio State's wheelhouse came to light.
In the first AP Top 25 for college basketball of the 2014-2015 season, Thad Matta's Buckeyes will begin the season ranked No. 20. Preseason Big Ten favorites Wisconsin are very highly ranked as expected, all the way up at No. 3. Michigan State checks in at No. 18, with Tim Miles' Nebraska Cornhuskers just after the Buckeyes at 21, and John Beilein's Wolverines at No. 24.
Two of the Buckeyes' biggest name opponents of the season, North Carolina and Louisville, both open 2014-15 in the Top 10. Roy Williams' Tar Heels start the season No. 6 while Rick Pitino's always dangerous Cardinals are No. 8.
Here's the complete inaugural 2014-15 AP Top 25:
2014-15 AP Preseason Top 25
|1||Kentucky Wildcats (52)||0-0||1604|
|2||Arizona Wildcats (5)||0-0||1518|
|3||Wisconsin Badgers (8)||0-0||1483|
|4||Duke Blue Devils||0-0||1415|
|6||North Carolina Tar Heels||0-0||1274|
|11||Wichita State Shockers||0-0||1027|
|14||Iowa State Cyclones||0-0||781|
|15||Virginia Commonwealth Rams||0-0||574|
|16||San Diego State Aztecs||0-0||560|
|18||Michigan State Spartans||0-0||521|
|20||Ohio State Buckeyes||0-0||340|
|25||Utah Utes||0-0||98||25||Harvard Crimson||0-0||98|
|Others Receiving Votes: Stanford 71, Iowa 58, Colorado 57, UCLA 35, Minnesota 34, Kansas St. 27, Arkansas 21, Pittsburgh 20, Memphis 15, N.C. State 14, Louisiana Tech 9, Cincinnati 8, LSU 8, Geo. Wash. 7, Oklahoma St. 6, Notre Dame 6, Dayton 6, Florida St. 5, Georgetown 5, Maryland 3, Illinois 3, UNLV 2, BYU 2, UTEP 1, S.F. Austin 1, Baylor 1, West Virginia 1|