Following thorough beatings of then-No. 7 North Carolina Tar Heels on the road and the Penn State Nittany Lions at home, the Ohio State Buckeyes’ men’s basketball team has risen from No. 6 to No. 3 in the most recent AP Top 25 Poll. Michigan and Virginia losses, as well as Maryland’s very tight win over Illinois at home paved the way for Ohio State to make the leap into the top three. Following two losses last week, the Tar Heels dropped to No. 17.
This is the highest Ohio State has been ranked since January of 2014, when Thad Matta’s Buckeyes, led by Aaron Craft and LaQuinton Ross, started the season 15-0 en route to an NCAA Tournament appearance.
The Kentucky Wildcats, who the Buckeyes face on Dec. 21, sit at No. 8. Villanova, who the Buckeyes beat by 25, come in at No. 20. Other Big Ten teams included in the poll this week are No. 4 Maryland, No. 5 Michigan, and No. 16 Michigan State.
The No. 3 Buckeyes will travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota Sunday night to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-4). Tipoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on BTN.
Check out the full AP Poll:
AP Men’s Basketball Rankings | Dec. 9
|3||Ohio State||Big Ten||1,464|
|13||Memphis||American Athletic Conference (AAC)||756|
|16||Michigan State||Big Ten||637|
|22||Seton Hall||Big East||250|
|25||San Diego State||Mountain West||197|