Ohio State basketball No. 2 in Ken Pomeroy rankings

Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

The college basketball stat wizard rates the Buckeyes as the best team in the Big Ten.

The Indiana Hoosiers top the official 2012 preseason college basketball polls, but statistician Ken Pomeroy ranks the Ohio State Buckeyes as the top team in the Big Ten and the No. 2 team overall in the country. The Buckeyes trail just the Kentucky Wildcats, who have a new-look roster a year after winning the national championship.

The Buckeyes are directly ahead of three Big Ten teams: Indiana is rated third, with the Michigan State Spartans and Wisconsin Badgers at No. 4 and No. 5. The Michigan Wolverines are the fifth team from the Big Ten in the top 15, at No. 12.

The Buckeyes will be forced to replace star power forward Jared Sullinger, but still have a very good chance at making the Final Four. They will be relying on a team that relies on returning key contributors like Deshaun Thomas, Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith, Jr.

Unlike previous years, the 2012-13 iteration of the Buckeyes doesn't feature any top recruits. Ohio State's lone freshman, Amedeo Della Valle, was rated only as a three-star recruit by Rivals.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Cleveland

You must be a member of SB Nation Cleveland to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Cleveland. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Cleveland

You must be a member of SB Nation Cleveland to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Cleveland. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.