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Ohio State hangs tight at No. 19 in the final AP Poll of the season

Ohio State will head into the Big Ten Tournament as the fourth-highest ranked Big Ten team.

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After a 1-1 week that saw the Ohio State Buckeyes both beat and be beaten by a ranked team, AP voters decided to leave OSU right where they are in the AP Poll at No. 19.

Thursday evening’s win over the Illinois Fighting Illini was E.J. Liddell’s coming-out party. The freshman forward, who was a two-time Mr. Basketball winner in the state of Illinois in high school, scored 17 points to go along with 11 rebounds in Ohio State’s 71-63 comeback win. That win deflated Illinois’ chances for a Big Ten title.

On Sunday, Chris Holtmann’s squad had an opportunity to do the same in East Lansing. The Spartans were looking to lay stake to part of the conference championship, and they did just that by beating the Buckeyes 80-69. Cassius Winston scored 27 points, as the short-handed Buckeyes didn’t have the (healthy) manpower to defend all of Sparty’s weapons.

Kansas once again reigned supreme in the poll, followed by Gonzaga, Dayton, Florida State (up from No. 7 last week), and Baylor.

Five other B1G teams appeared in the top 25 this week. Big Ten co-champions Michigan State, Maryland, and Wisconsin sit at 9, 12, and 18 respectively. Illinois, who also went 1-1 last week, jumped from No. 23 to No. 21. Iowa just snuck into the poll at No. 25, down 7 spots from last week after going 0-2 last week.

Check out the full poll below:

Week 19 AP Top 25 Poll

Rank Team Conference Points
Rank Team Conference Points
1 Kansas Big 12 1625
2 Gonzaga West Coast 1546
3 Dayton Atlantic 10 1507
4 Florida St. Pac-12 1384
5 Baylor Big 12 1322
6 San Diego State Mountain West 1261
7 Creighton Big East 1157
8 Kentucky SEC 1118
9 Michigan State Big Ten 995
10 Duke ACC 990
11 Villanova Big East 989
12 Maryland Big Ten 912
13 Oregon Pac-12 904
14 BYU West Coast 762
15 Louisville ACC 755
16 Seton Hall Big East 722
17 Virginia ACC 560
18 Wisconsin Big Ten 495
19 Ohio State Big Ten 443
20 Auburn SEC 436
21 Illinois Big Ten 241
22 Houston American 167
23 West Virginia Big 12 167
24 Butler Big East 161
25 Iowa Big Ten 111