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Ohio State falls to No. 16 in latest AP Poll

Losses to Penn State and Michigan in the past week have dropped the Buckeyes from the top-10.

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It was a rough week on the hardwood for the Ohio State Buckeyes. On Feb. 15, the Chris Holtmann-coached squad suffered their second loss this season in conference play to Penn State in a 23-point defeat on the road. Then, on Sunday, the Michigan Wolverines got revenge on the Buckeyes, toppling the Scarlet and Gray by 12, 74-62.

Those two losses have dropped OSU from No. 8 to No. 16 in the AP Poll released today.

Running the table as the No. 1 team in the most recent AP Poll Top 25 are the Virginia Cavaliers. Right behind them are the Big Ten’s Michigan State Spartans. Even though Villanova beat Xavier on Saturday, the Wildcats are just one spot ahead of the Musketeers, with both team filing in again at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. Duke, who came off a win against Clemson on Sunday, rounds out the top-5.

Joining the Buckeyes and Spartans in the Top 25 from the Big Ten are Purdue (No. 9) and Michigan (No. 17).

Middle Tennessee State, who shows up at No. 24, cracked the AP Poll for the first time in school history.

Here’s this week’s full poll:

AP Poll Top 25 (Feb. 19)

Rank Team Votes Record
Rank Team Votes Record
1 Virginia (42) 1,601 24-2
2 Michigan State (19) 1,565 26-3
3 Villanova (4) 1,509 24-3
4 Xavier 1,398 24-4
5 Duke 1,292 22-5
T-6 Texas Tech 1,206 22-5
T-6 Gonzaga 1,206 25-4
8 Kansas 1,166 21-6
9 Purdue 1,130 24-5
10 North Carolina 1,074 21-7
11 Cincinnati 954 23-4
12 Auburn 873 23-4
13 Wichita State 870 21-5
14 Arizona 831 21-6
15 Clemson 683 20-6
16 Ohio State 680 22-7
17 Michigan 615 22-7
18 Rhode Island 455 21-4
19 Tennessee 427 19-7
20 Nevada 330 23-5
21 West Virginia 329 19-8
22 Saint Mary's 291 25-4
23 Houston 263 21-5
24 Middle Tennessee 87 22-5
25 Florida State 63 19-8