Buckeyes crack AP top 5 after another impressive week

Spencer Holbrook7 months
NCAA Basketball: Ohio State at Iowa
Chris Holtmann has the Buckeyes playing at a high level. (Jeffrey Becker/USA TODAY Sports)

COLUMBUS — Ohio State is officially one of the hottest teams in the country.

After taking down two top-10 opponents in the last two weeks and winning seven of their last eight games overall, the Buckeyes are becoming the talk of college basketball. They continue to rise in the polls.

Voters have certainly taken notice of Chris Holtmann’s 15-4 basketball team, which is also 9-4 in the daunting Big Ten. Ohio State moved up once again in the latest AP Poll released Monday, moving all the way into the top 5, currently sitting at No. 4 in the country. Undefeated Gonzaga and Baylor retained the top two spots. Villanova rounded out the top 5.

Even with the best ranking of the season, the Buckeyes are focused on the upcoming week of basketball, which includes a road trip on Monday night to unranked Maryland. Ohio State is going to just continue to focus on itself.

“We are who we are,” Ohio State guard Duane Washington Jr. said after the road win at Iowa on Thursday night. “I think that’s the message that I can say to the public. We’re not going to stop being us. The best part about it is we just celebrated and first thing coach said is: ‘We have a big one on Monday.’

“We strive for perfection. We understand that it’s a long season, very, very tough teams on our schedule, and for us, we’re all bought in. We’re in a really good spot here and we’re going to keep this energy going. We’re going to shock all the guys who thought we were whatever we were going to be in the Big Ten. We’re going to just keep doing what we’re doing, every single day get better. That’s been our approach. Trusting the process has been in our favor.”

The full poll can be found below, including seven Big Ten programs.

AP Poll (Feb. 8)

No. 1 Gonzaga (18-0)

No. 2 Baylor (17-0)

No. 3 Michigan (13-1)

No. 4 Ohio State (15-4)

No. 5 Villanova (12-2)

No. 6 Illinois (13-5)

No. 7 Texas Tech (14-5)

No. 8 Houston (16-2)

No. 9 Virginia (13-3)

No. 10 Missouri (13-3)

No. 11 Alabama (15-5)

No. 12 Oklahoma (12-5)

No. 13 Texas (11-5)

No. 14 West Virginia (13-5)

No. 15 Iowa (13-6)

No. 16 Tennessee (13-4)

No. 17 Florida State (10-3)

No. 18 Virginia Tech (14-4)

No. 19 Creighton (14-5)

No. 20 USC (15-3)

No. 21 Wisconsin (14-6)

No. 22 Loyola Chicago (18-3)

No. 23 Oklahoma St. (12-5)

No. 24 Purdue (13-7)

No. 25 Rutgers (11-6)