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Ohio State cracks AP Poll for first time in three years

Chris Holtmann has the Buckeyes back in the AP Poll for the first time since the end of the 2014-15 season.

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After an impressive, undefeated run through the early Big Ten slate, including an upset over the then-No. 1 Michigan State Spartans, the Ohio State Buckeyes have joined the ranks of the AP Poll for the first time since the end of the 2014-15 seasons.

Following yesterday’s 68-46 victory over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, OSU men’s basketball comes in ranked No. 22 by the Associated Press. They join three other Big Ten schools in the rankings, Purdue (No. 3), Michigan State (No. 9), and Michigan (No. 23).

Also represented in the poll are two other teams from the state of Ohio: Xavier (No. 11) and Cincinnati (No. 12). The Buckeyes will open up the next two seasons against the Bearcats.

Chris Holtmann’s squad has won five straight games, and 10 of 11; the only loss coming to No. 15 North Carolina. The Buckeyes are also tied atop the Big Ten standings with Purdue, and the two squads will face off in West Lafayette, Ind. on Feb. 7.

OSU will next travel to Rosemont, Ill. to take on the Northwestern Wildcats on Wed., Jan. 17. The game will tip at 9 p.m. ET on BTN.

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# School Record Conference Previous Week Points
# School Record Conference Previous Week Points
1 Villanova 16-1 Big East 1 1,623
2 Virginia 16-1 ACC 3 1,527
3 Purdue 17-2 Big Ten 5 1,411
4 Oklahoma 14-2 Big 12 9 1,371
5 Duke 15-2 ACC 7 1,319
6 West Virginia 15-2 Big 12 2 1,304
7 Wichita State 15-2 AAC 5 1,283
8 Texas Tech 15-2 Big 12 8 1,276
9 Michigan State 16-3 Big Ten 4 1,062
10 Kansas 14-3 Big 12 12 1,032
11 Xavier 16-3 Big East 10 928
12 Cincinnati 15-2 AAC 14 858
13 Gonzaga 16-3 West Coast 15 829
14 Arizona 14-4 Pac-12 17 723
15 North Carolina 14-4 ACC 20 666
16 Arizona State 14-3 Pac-12 11 639
17 Auburn 16-1 SEC 22 523
18 Kentucky 14-3 SEC 21 487
19 Seton Hall 15-3 Big East 13 455
20 Clemson 15-2 ACC 19 444
21 Tennessee 12-4 SEC 24 358
22 Ohio State 15-4 Big Ten - 276
23 Michigan 15-4 Big Ten - 223
24 TCU 13-4 Big 12 16 196
25 Miami 13-3 ACC 18 143