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Ohio State men’s basketball jumps to No. 19 in AP Poll

The Buckeyes are getting hot at the right time, with Sunday’s win over Michigan representing their eighth in their last ten games.

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After climbing to as high as No. 2 in the AP Poll early in the season, Ohio State hit their annual January swoon right on cue, going 2-5 in the godforsaken month. That cold streak not only dropped them out of the AP Poll, but knocked them to the very bottom of the conference standings as well.

The Buckeyes came out of it, though, going 6-2 in February. They’re 1-0 in March already, as the Buckeyes were able to pull away late on Sunday afternoon and beat Michigan 77-63. Powered by Duane Washington Jr.’s 20 points and CJ Walker’s best game of the season (15 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds), Ohio State put a game between themselves and the Wolverines in the standings, with two games left on the schedule.

Chris Holtmann’s squad was rewarded for their win, jumping to No. 19 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll. Up four spots from No. 23 last week, Ohio State is heating up at just the right time. On top of that, they’re doing it shorthanded, with Musa Jallow, Kyle Young, D.J. Carton, and Alonzo Gaffney all currently unavailable.

Kansas was the unanimous No. 1, with Gonzaga, Dayton, Baylor, and San Diego State rounding out the top five.

Seven other Big Ten teams are included in this week’s poll as well, as Maryland (9), Michigan State (16), Iowa (18), Penn State (20), Illinois (23), Wisconsin (24), and Michigan (25) are all hoping to translate recent success into success in the NCAA Tournament in a few weeks. No other B1G team received votes in the poll.

Check out the full poll below:

Week 18 AP Top 25

Rank Team Conference Points
Rank Team Conference Points
1 Kansas Big 12 1600
2 Gonzaga West Coast 1514
3 Dayton Atlantic 10 1453
4 Baylor Big 12 1395
5 San Diego St. Mountain West 1375
6 Kentucky SEC 1253
7 Florida St. ACC 1164
8 Seton Hall Big East 1145
9 Maryland Big Ten 1041
10 Louisvile ACC 948
11 Creighton Big East 843
12 Duke ACC 809
13 Oregon Pac-12 802
14 Villanova Big East 779
15 BYU West Coast 756
16 Michigan St. Big Ten 726
17 Auburn SEC 575
18 Iowa Big Ten 492
19 Ohio State Big Ten 489
20 Penn State Big Ten 367
21 Houston American 265
22 Virginia ACC 219
23 Illinois Big Ten 208
24 Wisconsin Big Ten 179
25 Michigan Big Ten 94