After splitting two games last week, Buckeyes still remain ranked in top 25 in both polls

After a four-game losing streak that continued with Ohio Stated droppoing a hard-fought decision to Nebraska on the road last week, the Buckeyes stopped the bleeding by defeating Illinois at home this past Thursday. With that, OSU still dropped in the polls falling to several spots, though Thad Matta’s cagers still remained in the top 25 for the 13th-straight week.

nanna Egwu #32 of the Illinois Fighting Illini attempts to block an inbound pass from Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the second half at Value City Arena on January 23, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Illinois 62-55. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

nanna Egwu #32 of the Illinois Fighting Illini attempts to block an inbound pass from Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the second half at Value City Arena on January 23, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Illinois 62-55. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

This week, Ohio State is ranked No. 24 in the AP poll and No. 23 in the coaches’ poll that were released earlier today.

For the eighth-straight week in the AP poll, Arizona is No. 1, while Syracuse is once again a distant second. The Wildcats received 63 of the 65 first-place votes and the Orange garnered the other two 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. 4 Wichita State. Florida, though, moved ahead of the Shockers to claim the third spot even with two losses. San Diego State rounds out the top 5.

Michigan State is the highest-ranked Big Ten team in the AP poll at No. 7, who dropped four slots as the Spartans lost to Michigan on Saturday. The Wolverines moved up to No. 10, followed by No. 15 Iowa and the Buckeyes at No. 24.

Ohio State has two games this week, hosting Penn State on Wednesday night at Value City Arena, before traveling to Madison to take on Wisconsin at the Kohl Center on Saturday.

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Arizona (63) 20-0 1,623
2 Syracuse (2) 19-0 1,561
3 Florida 17-2 1,436
4 Wichita State 21-0 1,435
5 San Diego State 18-1 1,337
6 Kansas 15-4 1,272
7 Michigan State 18-2 1,251
8 Oklahoma State 16-3 1,067
9 Villanova 17-2 1,063
10 Michigan 15-4 1,050
11 Kentucky 15-4 896
12 Louisville 17-3 891
13 Cincinnati 19-2 793
14 Wisconsin 17-3 763
15 Iowa 16-4 722
16 Iowa State 15-3 684
17 Duke 16-4 549
18 Pittsburgh 18-2 517
19 Saint Louis 18-2 464
20 Creighton 17-3 445
21 Massachusetts 17-2 353
22 Memphis 15-4 262
23 Oklahoma 16-4 203
24 Ohio State 16-4 143
25 Texas 16-4 142
Others receiving votes: Connecticut 67, Gonzaga 51, UCLA 39, Virginia 18, Minnesota 5, George Washington 5, Kansas State 5, Green Bay 5, Southern Methodist 3, Southern Miss 1, Louisiana Tech 1, Harvard 1, American University 1, New Mexico 1.

Dropped from rankings: Kansas State 22, Baylor 24.

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USA Today Coaches Poll
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Arizona (31) 20-0 799
2 Syracuse (1) 19-0 769
3 Wichita State 21-0 724
4 Florida 17-2 694
5 San Diego State 18-1 653
6 Michigan State 18-2 621
7 Louisville 17-3 552
7 Kansas 15-4 552
9 Villanova 17-2 509
10 Oklahoma State 16-3 497
11 Kentucky 15-4 433
12 Iowa 16-4 386
13 Wisconsin 17-3 368
14 Michigan 15-4 346
15 Cincinnati 19-2 323
16 Duke 16-4 298
17 Pittsburgh 18-2 279
18 Iowa State 15-3 268
19 Massachusetts 17-2 265
20 Creighton 17-3 229
21 Saint Louis 18-2 218
22 Memphis 15-4 155
23 Ohio State 16-4 118
24 Gonzaga 18-3 114
25 Oklahoma 16-4 85
Others receiving votes: Texas 41, Virginia 26, UCLA 22, Connecticut 18, George Washington 8, Baylor 6, Kansas State 6, Southern Miss 6, Toledo 5, Colorado 5, Southern Methodist 1, Stephen F. Austin 1.

Dropped from rankings: Baylor 23.

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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.