The Ohio State Buckeyes men’s basketball team (12-1, 2-0) won their only game of the previous week 82-64 over the High Point Panthers, yet, when the latest AP Poll was released on Monday, they slid back a spot to No. 14. The Kentucky Wildcats (10-2) — who had been ranked No. 16 — beat the Louisville Cardinals (9-4) 71-58 last week, and that was apparently enough to move them ahead of the Buckeyes for 13th overall.
The top five remained the same as last week with No. 1 Duke, No. 2 Michigan, No. 3 Tennessee, No. 4 Virginia, and No. 5 Kansas. In fact, the top 12 were the exact same as the previous week.
In addition to OSU and Michigan, the Big Ten is also represented in the Top 25 by No. 8 Michigan State, No. 21 Indiana, No. 22 Wisconsin, No. 24 Nebraska, and No. 25 Iowa. Purdue is also receiving votes.
The No. 14 Buckeyes will take on the No. 8 Michigan State Spartans on Saturday, Jan. 5 at the Value City Arena at 12 p.m. ET to tip off the bulk of their Big Ten schedule. The game will be broadcast on FOX.
Check out the entire Top 25:
AP Top 25 Week 9
|8||Michigan State||Big Ten||11-2||8||1,146|
|11||Texas Tech||Big 12||11-1||11||893|
|14||Ohio State||Big Ten||12-1||13||769|
|18||North Carolina State||ACC||12-1||20||424|