Thad Matta’s cagers fall in polls after Buckeyes lose to two ranked teams last week

After losing to two ranked team in the past week, Thad Matta’s cagers dropped eight spots in the Associated Press and six slots in the USA Today coaches poll that was released earlier today.

Amir Williams #23 of the Ohio State Buckeyes goes up for a lay up while against the Iowa Hawkeyes on January 12, 2014 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State lost by a final score of 84-74. (Photo by Ryan Young/Getty Images)

Amir Williams #23 of the Ohio State Buckeyes goes up for a lay up while against the Iowa Hawkeyes on January 12, 2014 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State lost by a final score of 84-74. (Photo by Ryan Young/Getty Images)

Last Tuesday, the Buckeyes lost to No.5 Michigan State, 72-68, in overtime. On Sunday, Ohio State dropped an 84-74 decision to No. 20 Iowa.

Against the Spartans, Michigan State squandered a 17-point lead late in regulation and needed a Keith Appling three-pointer with 27.5 seconds left in overtime to break a 66-66 tie.

Appling added three free throws from there to cap his 20-point effort and the Spartans’ seventh straight win. Adreian Payne battled through a right foot sprain to pour in 18 points off the bench, while Gary Harris supplied 13 points in the hard-fought decision.

The Buckeyes lost despite scoring 17 of the final 20 points in regulation. Sam Thompson led the comeback and finished with 18 points.

On Sunday, Roy Devyn Marble scored 22 points to lead No. 20 Iowa to an 84-74 win on the road over third-ranked Ohio State in a Big Ten battle on Sunday.

Aaron White added 19 points in the triumph while Melsahn Basabe had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Mike Gesell also netted 11 for the Hawkeyes , who needed a signature win after dropping both previous games against ranked foes.

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Arizona (61) 17-0 1,621
2 Syracuse (4) 16-0 1,560
3 Wisconsin 16-0 1,482
4 Michigan State 15-1 1,442
5 Wichita State 17-0 1,300
6 Villanova 15-1 1,289
7 Florida 13-2 1,205
8 Iowa State 14-1 1,048
9 Oklahoma State 14-2 1,046
10 San Diego State 14-1 1,020
11 Ohio State 15-2 979
12 Baylor 13-2 952
13 Kentucky 12-3 912
14 Iowa 14-3 831
15 Kansas 11-4 686
16 Massachusetts 14-1 579
17 Memphis 12-3 536
18 Louisville 14-3 525
19 Cincinnati 15-2 405
20 Creighton 14-2 329
21 Colorado 14-3 328
22 Pittsburgh 15-1 299
23 Duke 12-4 193
24 Saint Louis 15-2 148
25 Oklahoma 13-3 103
25 UCLA 13-3 103
Others receiving votes: Missouri 42, Oregon 39, Connecticut 35, Kansas State 25, Gonzaga 17, Michigan 11, California 10, Virginia 6, Louisiana Tech 5, Xavier 3, Illinois 3, New Mexico 3, Harvard 3, George Washington 2.
Dropped from rankings: Oregon 17, Missouri 21, Gonzaga 22, Illinois 23, Kansas State 25.
Complete Rankings »
USA Today Coaches Poll
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Arizona (30) 17-0 798
2 Syracuse (1) 16-0 766
3 Wisconsin 16-0 724
4 Michigan State (1) 15-1 718
5 Wichita State 17-0 666
6 Villanova 15-1 598
7 Florida 13-2 573
8 Oklahoma State 14-2 517
9 Ohio State 15-2 516
10 Iowa State 14-1 495
11 San Diego State 14-1 481
12 Kentucky 12-3 424
13 Baylor 13-2 413
14 Louisville 14-3 393
15 Massachusetts 14-1 330
16 Iowa 14-3 297
17 Memphis 12-3 274
18 Kansas 11-4 272
19 Creighton 14-2 216
20 Duke 12-4 163
21 Pittsburgh 15-1 144
22 Colorado 14-3 103
23 Cincinnati 15-2 87
24 Gonzaga 14-3 82
25 UCLA 13-3 74
Others receiving votes: Saint Louis 68, Oregon 51, Missouri 43, Oklahoma 39, Kansas State 15, Michigan 9, New Mexico 9, California 9, Connecticut 8, George Washington 6, Harvard 6, Southern Miss 5, Virginia 4, Virginia Commonwealth 2, Xavier 2.
Dropped from rankings: Oregon 13, Missouri 21.
Complete Rankings »

About Matt Barker

Matt Barker began blogging on the Buckeyes for the web site, AllSports.com, back during Ohio State's championship year of 2002. Going out on his own, Mr. Barker began Buckeye Banter in August of 2003, now in its 10th year.