Ohio State has climbed to a season-high ranking in the latest Associated Press poll.

Following a pair of wins to open Big Ten play, the Buckeyes are now ranked No. 15 in the nation. They are 8-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play.

After not receiving a single point in the preseason poll, the Buckeyes made their debut in week 3 when they entered at No. 23 with a 4-0 record that included road wins against Cincinnati and Creighton. They climbed to No. 16 the following week, but a mid-week home loss to unranked Syracuse dropped them back three spots to No. 19.

Ohio State has now been ranked in 13 of the 25 weeks of coach Chris Holtmann’s tenure.

The Buckeyes are off until Saturday, when they host Bucknell, as the university goes through final exams.

KenPom.com ranks the Buckeyes as the No. 20 team in the nation. In admittedly early NCAA Tournament bracket projections, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has them as a No. 5 seed facing No. 12 seed Wofford in Salt Lake City, Utah. Lunardi has 10 Big Ten teams in his projected bracket.

Led by No. 5 Michigan, the Big Ten has five teams in the top 25: Michigan State (No. 9), Wisconsin (16) and Iowa (22).

 

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