Ohio State’s downward slide continues as Buckeyes plummet six spots in both polls

Riding a three-game losing streak entering tonight’s contest versus Nebraska and dropping their only decision last week, a 63-53 defeat at the hands of unranked Minnesota, Thad Matta’s cagers dropped six spots in both the Associated Press and USA Today top 25 college basketball polls that were released earlier today.

"Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Thad Matta in the first half against the Minnesota Gophers at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, MN. (Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports)

“Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Thad Matta in the first half against the Minnesota Gophers at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, MN. (Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports)

This week, Ohio State is ranked No. 17 in the AP poll, and No. 15 in the coaches’ poll.

For the seventh-straight week in the AP poll, Arizona is No. 1, while Syracuse is a distant second. The Wildcats received 61 of the 65 first-place votes and the Orange garnered the other four first-place votes from the national media panel. Arizona and Syracuse are the only three remaining undefeated teams in the AP poll along with No. 5 Wichita State.

Michigan State moved up one spot to third, while Big Ten members Wisconsin and Iowa are ninth and tenth, respectfully. The Hawkeyes are in the top 10 for the first time since January of 2002.

Along with Ohio State, Michigan is the fifth conference squad to crack the AP top 25 as the Wolverines chime in at No. 21.

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Arizona (61) 18-0 1,621
2 Syracuse (4) 18-0 1,559
3 Michigan State 17-1 1,497
4 Villanova 16-1 1,377
5 Wichita State 19-0 1,368
6 Florida 15-2 1,303
7 San Diego State 16-1 1,211
8 Kansas 13-4 1,117
9 Wisconsin 16-2 1,074
10 Iowa 15-3 1,041
11 Oklahoma State 15-3 971
12 Louisville 16-3 804
13 Massachusetts 16-1 781
14 Kentucky 13-4 769
15 Cincinnati 17-2 736
16 Iowa State 14-3 644
17 Ohio State 15-3 549
18 Duke 14-4 447
19 Saint Louis 17-2 421
20 Pittsburgh 16-2 419
21 Michigan 13-4 362
22 Kansas State 14-4 221
23 Memphis 13-4 201
24 Baylor 13-4 170
25 Oklahoma 14-4 111
Others receiving votes: Creighton 98, Connecticut 62, Gonzaga 59, California 44, Colorado 26, UCLA 23, Harvard 12, George Washington 8, Missouri 6, Texas 5, Xavier 4, Southern Methodist 2, Virginia 1, New Mexico 1.

Dropped from rankings: Creighton 20, Colorado 21, UCLA 25.

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USA Today Coaches Poll
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Arizona (30) 18-0 798
2 Syracuse (2) 18-0 769
3 Michigan State 17-1 736
4 Wichita State 19-0 695
5 Villanova 16-1 657
6 Florida 15-2 639
7 San Diego State 16-1 594
8 Wisconsin 16-2 506
9 Louisville 16-3 493
10 Iowa 15-3 455
11 Kansas 13-4 454
12 Massachusetts 16-1 444
12 Oklahoma State 15-3 444
14 Kentucky 13-4 371
15 Ohio State 15-3 326
16 Cincinnati 17-2 253
17 Iowa State 14-3 246
18 Duke 14-4 245
19 Pittsburgh 16-2 218
20 Saint Louis 17-2 176
21 Gonzaga 16-3 140
22 Memphis 13-4 134
23 Baylor 13-4 129
24 Creighton 15-3 99
25 Oklahoma 14-4 88
25 Michigan 13-4 88
Others receiving votes: Kansas State 81, California 23, Colorado 18, Missouri 16, Connecticut 12, Virginia 12, Oregon 11, George Washington 7, UCLA 7, Texas 5, Southern Miss 5, Toledo 3, Xavier 1, Stephen F. Austin 1, Harvard 1.

Dropped from rankings: Colorado 22, UCLA 25.

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