Ohio State men's basketball: Buckeyes enter Associated Press top 25 poll at No. 23

Adam Jardy
Ohio State players sing "Carmen Ohio" after their win over Purdue Fort Wayne on Nov. 11 in Value City Arena. [Tyler Schank]

After not receiving a single vote in the first Associated Press top 25 poll of the year, Ohio State has climbed into the rankings in the third week of the poll.

On the heels of a road win at Creighton, one week after a road win at Cincinnati, the Buckeyes check in at No. 23 in the poll released Monday. Last week they received 14 points in the poll, which was good for No. 34 in the nation.

Ohio State is 4-0 after unday’s 89-61 home win against South Carolina State. Last season, it was not receiving votes in the week 10 poll but vaulted to No. 22 as it climbed to 15-4 overall and 6-0 in the Big Ten. They climbed as high as No. 8 and were No. 17 in the final AP poll of the season.

The Buckeyes will host Samford on Tuesday night at Value City Arena, and a win would give them their second 5-0 start in the last five seasons.

Read more: Michael Arace | Chris Holtmann has more than rebuild going

It was a particularly impressive week for the Big Ten, with Michigan blowing out defending national champion Villanova in the Gavitt Games, Indiana doing the same to Seton Hall and the conference winning the showdown with the Big East 5-3.

Join the conversation at and connect with us on Twitter @BuckeyeXtra

Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann was asked about the league’s week after Sunday’s win.

“It’s killing it,” he said. “It’s been a mixture of pride and excitement and dread. It’s all those emotions wrapped in one. I watch it, because I want to watch it and I’m interested, and then they’re playing so well that I say, let’s go watch the ACC or something or another league.

“I felt like the league was going to be deep and have a very good year. We’ve still got a lot of work to do, but the early returns are that the league is really deep and really capable and really talented. We’ll see how we all continue to improve and get better.

“For every coach right now you’re focused solely on your team and its growth, but as you peer and hear about scores it’s been really impressive.”

In his first season at Ohio State, Holtmann went 10-5 as a ranked team and was 5-1 at home in 2017-18.


Listen to the BuckeyeXtra Basketball podcast: