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Ohio State men’s basketball jumps to No. 3 in AP Top 25 Poll

This is the highest Ohio State has been ranked in the AP Poll since 2014.

NCAA Basketball: Penn State at Ohio State Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

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

Rank Team Conference Points
Rank Team Conference Points
1 Louisville ACC 1,591
2 Kansas Big 12 1,486
3 Ohio State Big Ten 1,464
4 Maryland Big Ten 1,428
5 Michigan Big Ten 1,286
6 Gonzaga West Coast 1,235
7 Duke ACC 1,232
8 Kentucky SEC 1,170
9 Virginia ACC 1,060
10 Oregon Pac-12 905
11 Baylor Big 12 872
12 Auburn SEC 836
13 Memphis American Athletic Conference (AAC) 756
14 Dayton Atlantic 10 672
15 Arizona Pac-12 654
16 Michigan State Big Ten 637
17 North Carolina ACC 615
18 Butler Big East 529
19 Tennessee SEC 455
20 Villanova Big East 285
21 Florida State ACC 253
22 Seton Hall Big East 250
23 Xavier Big East 216
24 Colorado Pac-12 210
25 San Diego State Mountain West 197