After a Final Four appearance last season, the Ohio State Buckeyes have opened this year ranked fourth in the USA Today men's basketball poll. The Buckeyes ended last season ranked third in the country.
Indiana is ranked first in the poll followed by Louisville and the defending national champions Kentucky Wildcats.
The Big Ten has five teams ranked in the top 25 with Michigan fifth, Michigan State 14th and Wisconsin 21st.
The Buckeyes will also rely on junior Deshaun Thomas to carry the front-court void left by the departure of Sullinger. Thomas averaged 15.9 points and 5.4 rebounds while shooting 52 percent from the field last year.
Ohio State will open the season against Marquette on Nov. 9.
The complete rankings:
4 Ohio State
6 North Carolina State
12 North Carolina
14 Michigan State
20 San Diego State
23 Notre Dame
24 (tie) Florida State
24 (tie) Texas