The final AP basketball poll of the season is out and the Ohio State Buckeyes are about where you would expect them to be. They’re on the outside looking in. After reentering the poll last week at number 23, the Buckeyes again find themselves among the "others receiving votes" after an uninspiring performance against the Wisconsin Badgers. It was an absolutely abysmal offensive outing in which Ohio State failed to crack fifty points.
There will be one more poll released this season and if the Buckeyes are going to improve on their existing 28th ranking, it’s going to take one heck of a postseason run. The Buckeyes have the second-best odds to win the Big Ten right now, so it’s a possibility. It’s just a question of which Ohio State team is going to show up.
AP Top 25
|1||Kentucky Wildcats (65)||31-0||1,625||1|
|2||Duke Blue Devils||28-3||1,544||3|
|10||Northern Iowa Panthers||30-3||1,037||11|
|11||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||26-5||1,026||12|
|12||Wichita State Shockers||28-4||797||8|
|13||Iowa State Cyclones||22-8||786||17|
|18||West Virginia Mountaineers||23-8||525||20|
|19||North Carolina Tar Heels||21-10||406||19|
|25||Boise State Broncos||24-7||82||27|
|Others receiving votes: Oregon 69, Providence 63, Ohio State 40, BYU 18, Michigan St 15, LSU 8, Iowa 7, St. John's 6, San Diego St 3, Stephen F. Austin 2, Valparaiso 1, Dayton 1, North Florida 1, Purdue 1|
Your B1G Wrestling Coach of the Year goes to none other than @Buckeye158— Ohio State Wrestling (@wrestlingbucks) March 8, 2015
The 2014/2015 Ohio State wrestling season has been a rollercoaster ride for head coach Tom Ryan. A series of injuries and dual meet losses threatened to derail a promising Ohio State team, stopping it short of its ultimate goals. Fortunately, Ryan’s squad never crumbled and now has a Big Ten championship to show for its efforts. Coach Ryan also has something to show on an individual level, the Big Ten Wrestling Coach of the Year award. It’s a well-deserved honor for a coach that helped snap Ohio State’s 64-year conference championship drought. Of course, if you ask him he’ll tell you that the biggest award of all is still out there for the taking: the 2015 NCAA team championship.
@_LogieBear_ B1G wrestler of the year and outstanding wrestler of the B1G championships— Ohio State Wrestling (@wrestlingbucks) March 8, 2015
Tom Ryan wasn’t the only Buckeye to take home individual Big Ten honors this weekend. Logan Stieber took home two for himself. A Big Ten tournament run that saw him dominate all three of his opponents, including a 16-1 victory in the final, earned Stieber the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler award.
Also, in a shock to absolutely nobody, Stieber was named the Big Ten wrestler of the year. The three-time national champion is 24-0 on the season and has racked up bonus points at a dizzying pace. Now only one tournament stands between Stieber and his final goal, his fourth NCAA Championship.
Ezekiel Elliott has been named a semifinalist for the AAU Sullivan Award, which honors the outstanding amateur athlete in the United States.— Jerry Emig (@BuckeyeNotes) March 9, 2015
Hey, you readers seem like the kind of folks who might be fans of Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott. Am I correct? If so, here’s your chance to help him win yet another award. Elliott has been named a finalist for the AAU Sullivan Award, which is given to outstanding amateur athletes in the United States. The finalists are picked by fan vote and you can go here to cast yours.