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After Big Ten Tournament, Ohio State falls to No. 17 in AP Poll

The Buckeyes were No. 13 in last week’s edition of the poll. Now, they are the 4th lowest ranked team in the Big Ten.

Big Ten Basketball Tournament - Quarterfinals Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Losses in March aren’t really good. A loss in the first conference tournament game you play is even worse—especially if your AP Poll ranking is important.

After losing to the Penn State Nittany Lions in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament, the Ohio State Buckeyes fell to No. 17 in the latest release of the AP Poll. With this new edition of the poll, the Scarlet and Gray are the lowest of the Big Ten teams that hold a ranking. Prior to the last-second loss on Friday night, OSU was No. 13 in the country.

At the top, once again, are the Virginia Cavaliers; however, in the No. 2 spot, there is a new occupant: Villanova. Last week, Michigan State held onto the No. 2 ranking, but after losing in the semifinals of the conference tournament to Michigan, the Spartans took a small drop to No. 4.

Michigan, who ended up winning the the conference title, was the biggest mover in the new release of the poll. The Wolverines jumped to No. 7, after being No. 15 last week. For the second-straight year, John Beilein’s program won four games in four days to be kings of the Big Ten Tournament. This time around, UM scored wins over Iowa, Nebraska, MSU and Purdue to cap off their weekend in New York City.

Purdue, the runner-up in the conference tournament, is the third Big Ten team in the top-10 of the rankings, coming in at No. 10.

Below are the full rankings:

AP Poll Top 25 (March 5, 2018)

Ranking Team Points Record Last week's ranking
Ranking Team Points Record Last week's ranking
1 Virginia (65) 1,625 28-2 1
2 Villanova 1,516 27-4 4
3 Xavier 1,510 27-4 3
4 Michigan State 1,346 29-4 2
5 Duke 1,340 25-6 5
6 Gonzaga 1,254 28-4 7
7 Michigan 1,231 28-7 15
8 Cincinnati 1,213 27-4 10
9 Kansas 1,129 24-7 6
10 Purdue 1,096 28-6 8
11 Wichita State 861 24-6 11
12 North Carolina 852 22-9 9
13 Tennessee 825 23-7 16
14 Texas Tech 784 23-8 12
15 Arizona 739 24-7 19
16 Auburn 692 25-6 14
17 Ohio State 603 24-8 13
18 West Virginia 486 22-9 20
19 Clemson 422 22-8 18
20 Saint Mary's 385 28-4 22
21 Houston 247 24-6 25
22 Nevada 218 26-6 21
23 Florida 192 20-11 NR
24 Miami (FL) 191 22-8 NR
25 Rhode Island 86 23-6 17