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Buckeyes remain on edge of AP Poll entering Big Ten play

Andy Backstrom12/05/22
Article written by:On3 imageAndy Backstrom


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Ohio State, now 6-2, remained at No. 25 in the AP Poll Monday. (Graham Stokes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

COLUMBUS — Ohio State remained the No. 25 team in the AP Poll Monday afternoon after splitting last week’s games against now-No. 15 Duke and St. Francis.

The Buckeyes (6-2) are one of five Big Ten teams in the AP Top 25. The others are No. 4 Purdue, No. 13 Maryland, No. 14 Indiana and No. 17 Illinois.

The poll’s top three — consisting of No. 1 Houston, No. 2 Texas and No. 3 Virginia — didn’t budge. Purdue rose to No. 4. And UConn climbed three spots to No. 5.

Two of the week’s biggest winners were Tennessee, which rose six places to No. 7 with a couple blowout wins, and Maryland, which went from No. 22 to No. 13 with with victories over Louisville and Illinois.

Ohio State kicks off Big Ten play Thursday at home against Rutgers. It’s the Buckeyes’ second straight home game after playing four consecutive games away from The Schottenstein Center — three of those were in the Maui Invitational, and the last one was in Durham at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The Buckeyes are coming off a 96-59 win over St. Francis, during which they pulled away with 52 second-half points. Six different Ohio State players finished in double figures, and freshmen Roddy Gayle Jr. and Felix Okpara reached the 10-point mark for the first time in their young Buckeyes careers.

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Lettermen Row has the entire Week 5 AP Top 25 Poll (Dec. 5) below:

  1. Houston
  2. Texas
  3. Virginia
  4. Purdue
  5. UConn
  6. Kansas
  7. Tennessee
  8. Alabama
  9. Arkansas
  10. Arizona
  11. Auburn
  12. Baylor
  13. Maryland
  14. Indiana
  15. Duke
  16. Kentucky
  17. Illinois
  18. Gonzaga
  19. UCLA
  20. Iowa State
  21. Creighton
  22. San Diego State
  23. Mississippi State
  24. TCU
  25. Ohio State

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