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Ohio State Stays Unbeaten And On Top Of The Polls

Another week down, another week with the Buckeyes at No. 1. After a week that saw wins against Michigan and Minnesota, Ohio State moved to 24-0 and 11-0 in the Big Ten. This was OSU's fourth straight week in the top spot and second straight week with unanimous votes. Ohio State has a tough two weeks ahead of them with road games against Wisconsin and Purdue and at home against Illinois and Michigan State. If the Buckeyes are going to lose in the regular season, one of these four are the most likely scenarios.

The Big Ten has three strong candidates for the Sweet Sixteen or higher in March. Wisconsin (13 AP/14 ESPN/USA Today) seems to be getting better as the year goes on, and Purdue (14 AP/12 ESPN/USA Today), despite being 3-3 in their last six games, is always a dangerous threat with E'Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson. Illinois

Minnesota slipped again, dropping out of the AP Poll, but clinging to the 25th spot in the Coaches Poll. I guess I'm not seeing what all the fuss is about with the Gophers (KenPom 47), who had two pretty good early season wins (UNC and West Virginia), but have lost 6 of their last 11 games. Notably, Michigan State's decent into the darkness continued with two embarrassing losses to Iowa and Wisconsin.

The rest of the top five is identical in both polls: Kansas, Texas, Pittsburgh and Duke. Texas has quietly won nine of its last 10 games, with their lone loss being the epic 82-81 overtime game against Connecticut. As for Duke, the St. John's game still doesn't make sense to me, but they took care of N.C. State and Maryland fairly easily last week. The Battle of Tobacco Road comes on Wednesday with UNC coming to Cameron Indoor.

Even though they lost to Butler on Saturday, Cleveland State garnered a vote in the AP Poll. Surprisingly, Horizon foe Valparaiso (whom CSU beat on Thursday) earned two votes in the Coaches Poll.

Here is the full Top 25 (from SBNation):

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Ohio State (65) 24-0 1,625
2 Kansas 22-1 1,519
3 Texas 20-3 1,509
4 Pittsburgh 21-2 1,438
5 Duke 21-2 1,341
6 San Diego State 23-1 1,259
7 Brigham Young 22-2 1,212
8 Notre Dame 19-4 1,185
9 Villanova 19-4 1,047
10 Connecticut 18-4 1,040
11 Georgetown 18-5 1,009
12 Syracuse 20-4 919
13 Wisconsin 17-5 790
14 Purdue 18-5 754
15 Arizona 20-4 630
16 Louisville 18-5 604
17 Florida 18-5 534
18 Kentucky 16-6 519
19 Missouri 18-5 511
20 North Carolina 17-5 461
21 Utah State 22-2 347
22 Texas A&M 17-5 231
23 Vanderbilt 16-6 128
24 Temple 17-5 110
25 West Virginia 15-7 93

 

ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Ohio State (31) 24-0 775
2 Kansas 22-1 732
3 Texas 20-3 721
4 Pittsburgh 21-2 678
5 Duke 21-2 642
6 San Diego State 23-1 614
7 Notre Dame 19-4 575
8 Brigham Young 22-2 564
9 Connecticut 18-4 496
10 Villanova 19-4 495
11 Georgetown 18-5 447
12 Purdue 18-5 401
13 Syracuse 20-4 369
14 Wisconsin 17-5 361
15 Louisville 18-5 350
16 Arizona 20-4 273
17 Utah State 22-2 257
18 Kentucky 16-6 246
19 Florida 18-5 243
20 Missouri 18-5 234
21 North Carolina 17-5 165
22 Texas A&M 17-5 128
23 Saint Mary's 20-4 64
24 Vanderbilt 16-6 39
25 Minnesota 16-7 37

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.