The Buckeyes remain at No. 16 in the latest edition of the AP College Basketball poll after splitting a pair of games last week with a win at Minnesota and a last-second loss at Purdue.
Ohio State (13-5, 6-3) is one of five teams ranked in the latest edition of the poll with the Boilermakers leading the way at No. 4 in the rankings while Wisconsin (11), Michigan State (13) and Illinois (18) all have found their way into the top-25.
Everyone is chasing Auburn, as the Tigers maintained the No. 1 spot with a 20-1 record on the season. Teams have found their runs at the top of the rankings to be short as the 2021-22 season has been anything but routine.
Chris Holtmann’s Buckeyes are in 5th place in the Big Ten but only one game out of first place in the loss column with Wisconsin and Illinois each sitting at 6-2. The Buckeyes have had one Big Ten game postponed this season with a home date against Nebraska floating when the Huskers were unable to field a team in late-January. There has been talk that February 21st could be a make-up date for that game but that is still a work in progress.
Last week saw the Buckeyes travel to Minnesota and edge the Gophers 75-64 in a game where EJ Liddell had 23 points and 15 rebounds in a winning effort as four Buckeyes scored in double-figures at Williams Arena.
The Buckeyes continued the road swing with a trip to Purdue and spotted the Boilermakers a 20-point lead in the second half before coming back and tying the game at 78-all with less than 30 seconds left to go in the game only to see Jaden Ivey bury the dagger in the final second with a three-pointer to give the Boilers the 81-78 win.
Justice Sueing and Seth Towns both remain out for the Buckeyes, Sueing played in two games this season before being sidelined with an abdominal injury while Towns has not logged a minute this season in game action. The hope was to have both back by January but as the calendar moves into February, neither are ‘close’ to returning despite Sueing starting to see a little work in practice without contact. Holtmann has been hopeful for their eventual returns but has not wanted to “get everybody’s hopes up” on a specific date as of yet.
Ohio State has a pair of games on the schedule for this upcoming week with Iowa (x-x) coming into town on Thursday night (8:00pm – FS1) followed up by Maryland (x-x) making a visit to Columbus on Sunday (1:00pm – CBS).
|Rank||Team (Record)||Last Week|
|13.||Michigan State (16-4)||10|
|14.||Texas Tech (16-5)||13|
|16.||Ohio State (13-5)||16|
|20.||Iowa State (16-5)||23|