After taking its first loss of the season, the Ohio State men’s basketball team has dropped three spots to No. 19 in Monday’s updated Associated Press Top 25 poll.
A 6-0 start helped the Buckeyes climb from not receiving any votes in the preseason poll to a No. 16 ranking entering last Wednesday’s home game with unranked Syracuse as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. The Orange won, 72-62, but Ohio State responded by cruising to a 79-59 win Sunday night against Minnesota in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
The Buckeyes are the fifth-ranked Big Ten team in the poll, behind Michigan (No. 5), Michigan State (10), Wisconsin (12) and Iowa (18). Maryland is No. 23, Nebraska has climbed into the poll at No. 24 and Purdue is just outside at No. 26.
Syracuse is now in the “also receiving votes” category, coming in just outside the top 25 at No. 27.
The Buckeyes will travel to Chicago on Wednesday to face Illinois in a game that will be played at the United Center. They are also ranked No. 22 in the KenPom.com national rankings, and ESPN’s Joe Lunardi had them projected as a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament in his bracket projections released Thursday.