Ohio State has held steady at No. 15 in this week’s Associated Press national Top 25 poll.
The Buckeyes are 9-1 overall and 2-0 in Big Ten play, tied for their best start since the 2014-15 season.
This week, Ohio State will host Youngstown State on Tuesday night and face UCLA on Saturday at Chicago’s United Center as part of the CBSSports Classic. Both teams are unranked. During Chris Holtmann’s two seasons with the Buckeyes, they are 15-6 overall as a ranked team, 9-2 as a ranked team when playing an unranked team at home and 3-1 as a ranked team playing an unranked team on a neutral court.
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. Back-to-back wins moved them up to No. 15 in last week’s poll.
Ohio State has now been ranked in 14 of the 26 weeks of Holtmann’s tenure.
The Buckeyes are No. 24 in the NCAA’s NET rankings, which will be used for the purposes of helping to seed the NCAA Tournament.
They fell to No. 25 nationally in the KenPom.com rankings following their 73-71 win against Bucknell on Saturday. In the latest ESPN NCAA Tournament projections, updated four days before the win against the Bison, Ohio State was a No. 4 seed.