While blowout wins over Eastern Illinois, Charleston Southern, and Robert Morris did absolutely nothing for AP Voters, neutral site victories over Cincinnati and Texas Tech did — as the Buckeyes (5-1) jumped into the top-25 this week at No. 25.
During a busy three-day tournament on Maui, Ohio State lost a very physical game against No. 24 San Diego State before blowing the doors off of Cincinnati and beating a (formerly) ranked Texas Tech team while leading for over 37 minutes. The Buckeyes now head to Durham to take on No. 17 Duke (6-2) in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge. Ohio State upset No. 1 Duke last season at home, 71-66.
Had Ohio State won the entire Maui Invitational, they may have skyrocketed from unranked to top-15 in the nation, like No. 20 Michigan State (5-2) did when they beat Kentucky and Villanova in a matter of days. However, a 2-1 record with one of those being a resume-boosting win over Texas Tech is nothing to scoff at.
After a crazy week where several top-10 teams lost, the top team in this week’s poll is Houston, followed by Texas, Virginia, Arizona, and Purdue.
Five other Big Ten teams were ranked this week. They are: No. 5 Purdue, No. 10 Indiana, No. 16 Illinois, No. 20 Michigan State, and No. 22 Maryland.
Iowa received votes but was left outside the top-five after a 2-1 week at the Emerald Coast Classic.
You can check out the full poll here.