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Ohio State basketball falls to No. 16 in latest AP Poll

After a close loss to Michigan State, the Buckeyes drop two spots.

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After falling to Michigan State on Saturday, the Ohio State Buckeyes dropped to No. 16 in the latest edition of the AP Men’s College Basketball Top 25 Poll. The Buckeyes entered the weekend as the No. 14 squad in the country, but suffered an 86-77 loss at home to the Spartans.

On the bright side, OSU is out to an impressive 12-2 start to the season. They can rebound on Wednesday, as they’ll play Rutgers at 7 p.m. ET.

Atop the the college basketball world, things remained mostly unchanged. Duke, Michigan, Tennessee and Virginia kept their perch at the top of the rankings. While all four teams received first-place votes, the Blue Devils had the most with 37. The only change in the top five was Kansas, who fell to No. 7 after a loss to Iowa State; Gonzaga takes over at No. 5 in this week’s slot. Michigan State improved from No. 8 to No. 6 following their win on Saturday in Columbus.

In addition to the trio of Big Ten schools mentioned, Indiana is the fourth (and final) team from the conference represented in this week’s poll. The Hoosiers appear at No. 22, a one-spot increase from last week.

Here is the full AP Poll:

AP Poll (Jan. 7)

Rank Team [First Place Votes] Record
Rank Team [First Place Votes] Record
1 Duke [37] 12-1
2 Michigan [9] 15-0
3 Tennessee [13] 12-1
4 Virginia [5] 13-0
5 Gonzaga 14-2
6 Michigan State 13-2
7 Kansas 12-2
8 Texas Tech 13-1
9 Virginia Tech 13-1
10 Nevada 14-1
11 Auburn 11-2
12 North Carolina 11-3
13 Florida State 12-2
14 Mississippi State 12-1
15 NC State 12-2
16 Ohio State 15-0
17 Houston 10-3
18 Kentucky 13-1
19 Buffalo 12-2
20 Iowa State 12-3
21 Marquette 12-3
22 Indiana 12-2
23 Oklahoma 14-1
24 St. John's 12-1
25 TCU