It’s hard to click on a college basketball page this time of year and not see a preseason ranking of the top 25 teams in the nation.
Over at cbssports.com, national college basketball writer Matt Norlander has taken that task and multiplied it 14. Not content with a top 25, 50 or even 100, Norlander has ranked every single Division I basketball team. Not only that, he has written at least a little bit on each team in the nation – even if it’s occasionally equally as humorous as insightful. (I’m willing to give the guy a break. How many of the 351 teams could you even name?)
So while this is far from an exact science, here’s how Norlander’s rankings impact the Buckeyes.
*Ohio State checks in at No. 97. Here’s what he has to say about the Buckeyes:
“Chris Holtmann is going to need a couple of years to get this thing going. Thad Matta's firing in early June was out of the blue, and if Matta had to go, Holtmann probably about as good a candidate as OSU could have landed to replace him. The Bucks have some talent in the frontcourt, but the backcourt's going to be the worst in the Big Ten.”
Interestingly, Holtmann’s former team, Butler, is ranked No. 54.
*Here’s where the Big Ten checks in:
Michigan State (4)
Penn State (68)
Ohio State (97)
*At No. 97, Ohio State is one spot behind Iona and just ahead of San Francisco.
*The Buckeyes open the season Nov. 10 against Robert Morris, which is ranked No. 295.
*Stony Brook, coached by former Ohio State assistant Jeff Boals, is No. 208.
*Since you’re wondering, Alabama A&M comes in dead last.