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Ohio State basketball: Buckeyes ride hot start into rankings

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Chris Holtmann has Ohio State off to another hot start on the hardwood. (Nick Clarkson/Lettermen Row)

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Ohio State basketball: Buckeyes ride hot start into rankings

After losing a handful of its best players this past offseason, there weren’t many people who thought Chris Holtmann and Ohio State were going to look this good, this early.

The Buckeyes won 25 games a year ago when they looked to be a bottom-tier Big Ten team, though, so maybe it’s time to stop doubting Holtmann’s chops and accept it: Ohio State is going to be a good basketball program. The good news is that it seems the rest of the nation is starting to take notice.

After a 4-0 start, including a pair of big-time road wins at Cincinnati and Creighton, the Buckeyes entered the AP Poll on Monday at No. 23.

Ohio State is one of five Big Ten schools to land in the rankings, joining Michigan (9), Michigan State (11), Iowa (20) and Wisconsin (25). The Buckeyes will aim for their fifth win on Tuesday night when they welcome in Samford to Value City Arena. That game tips at 7:00 p.m.

The full AP poll is below.

1
Duke (53)
Record: 3-0
PV Rank

1

Points

1,564

2
Kansas (7)
Record: 3-0
2
1,510
3
Record: 3-0
3
1,437
4
Record: 3-0
4
1,299
5
Record: 3-0
5
1,281
6
Record: 3-0
6
1,253
7
Record: 4-0
7
1,246
8
Record: 3-0
9
1,123
9
Record: 5-0
18
1,021
10
Record: 3-1
10
980
11
Record: 3-1
11
937
12
Record: 4-0
12
889
13
Record: 4-0
16
849
14
Record: 2-0
14
794
15
Record: 3-0
17
619
16
Record: 3-0
19
462
17
Record: 3-0
20
430
18
Record: 3-0
21
388
19
Record: 4-0
22
358
20
Record: 4-0
354
21
Record: 3-1
13
325
22
25
240
23
Record: 4-0
222
24
Record: 4-1
23
199
25
Record: 3-0
150

 

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