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For second year in a row, Ohio State men’s basketball No. 1 in NCAA’s initial NET rankings

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This is the second year in a row that the Buckeyes topped the initial release of the NCAA’s official rankings.

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For the second year in a row, the Ohio State Buckeyes men’s basketball team has claimed the top spot in the NCAA’s initial release of their NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) rankings. Despite the fact that the Buckeyes dropped a demoralizing 84-71 decision on the road at Minnesota on Sunday night, on the strength of going 2-1 against Quad 1 teams (Teams 1-30 at home, teams 1-50 on neutral sites, and teams 1-75 away).

The NET rankings replaced the use of RPI in the NCAA selection committee’s proceedings last season. The other Big Ten teams in the NET Top 25 currently are No. 11 Maryland, No. 18 Penn State, and No. 21 Michigan. Minnesota — who beat the Buckeyes on Sunday — are currently 48th. Despite the loss, Ken Pomeroy’s metrics still have the Buckeyes as the top team in the country as well, so this year’s inclusion of the Buckeyes at No. 1 is not as out of left field as it was in 2018.

View the full NCAA DI NET rankings HERE.

NCAA NET Top 25 | Dec. 16

Rank School Conference Record Road Neutral Home Non Div I
Rank School Conference Record Road Neutral Home Non Div I
1 Ohio St. Big Ten 9-1 1-1 0-0 8-0 0-0
2 Kansas Big 12 9-1 0-0 3-1 6-0 1-0
3 San Diego St. Mountain West 10-0 3-0 2-0 5-0 0-0
4 Butler Big East 10-1 1-1 2-0 7-0 0-0
5 Baylor Big 12 8-1 1-0 2-1 5-0 0-0
6 Gonzaga WCC 11-1 3-0 2-1 6-0 0-0
7 Auburn SEC 9-0 1-0 4-0 4-0 0-0
8 Louisville ACC 10-1 1-0 1-1 8-0 0-0
9 Stanford Pac-12 9-1 1-0 1-1 7-0 0-0
10 Dayton Atlantic 10 8-1 0-0 3-1 5-0 0-0
11 Maryland Big Ten 10-1 0-1 3-0 7-0 0-0
12 West Virginia Big 12 9-1 1-1 2-0 6-0 0-0
13 Duke ACC 9-1 2-0 3-0 4-1 0-0
14 Wichita St. AAC 9-1 1-0 1-1 7-0 0-0
15 Arizona Pac-12 10-2 0-1 3-0 7-1 0-0
16 Memphis AAC 9-1 2-0 1-1 6-0 0-0
17 Oregon Pac-12 8-2 1-0 2-2 5-0 0-0
18 Penn St. Big Ten 9-2 1-1 1-1 7-0 0-0
19 Liberty ASUN 12-0 2-0 4-0 6-0 0-0
20 Duquesne Atlantic 10 9-0 0-0 4-0 5-0 0-0
21 Michigan Big Ten 8-3 0-2 3-0 5-1 0-0
22 Richmond Atlantic 10 9-1 1-0 1-1 7-0 0-0
23 Arkansas SEC 9-1 1-1 0-0 8-0 0-0
24 Villanova Big East 8-2 1-1 3-1 4-0 0-0
25 Tennessee SEC 7-2 0-0 2-1 5-1 0-0

Let’s hope that the season ends up being a little better than it was when the Buckeyes opened the NET rankings at No. 1 last year.

The Buckeyes will be back on the court on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. ET against Southeast Missouri State. The game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.