After losing to Michigan and winning ugly at Illinois, Buckeyes remain in both top 25 polls

Last week after losing to then No. 15 Michigan 70-60 at home and defeating Illinois 48-39 on the road in a very ugly game, Thad Matta’s cagers remained in both the Associated Press and USA Today top 25 college basketball polls that were released earlier today, though the Buckeyes did drop a few slots.

Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes dribbles the ball against Rayvonte Rice #24 of the Illinois Fighting Illini during the game at State Farm Center on February 15, 2014 in Champaign, Illinois. Ohio State won 48-39. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes dribbles the ball against Rayvonte Rice #24 of the Illinois Fighting Illini during the game at State Farm Center on February 15, 2014 in Champaign, Illinois. Ohio State won 48-39. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

This week, Ohio State is No. 24 in the AP poll, and No. 23 in the coaches’ poll.

Undefeated Syracuse is still No. 1 in both polls as the Orange received 64 of the 65 first-place votes from the national media panel in the AP poll, and all 32 first-place votes from the coaches.

In the AP poll after Syracuse, it’s Florida followed by Wichita State, Arizona, Duke, San Diego State, Cincinnati, Kansas, Villanova and Saint Louis.

In the coaches’ poll, Florida is also No. 2 then it’s Wichita State, Arizona, Louisville, Duke, San Diego State, Kansas, Cincinnati and Saint Louis.

The Spartans are the highest-ranked Big Ten in the AP at No. 13. Then it’s No. 15 Iowa, No. 16 Wisconsin, No. 20 Michigan and No. 24 Ohio State. In the coaches’ poll, the Spartans are 14th, the Hawkeyes are 15th, the Badgers are 18th, the Wolverines are 20th and the Buckeyes are 23rd.

This week, Ohio State has two games, both at home. On Wednesday night, the Buckeyes host Northwestern before taking on Minnesota on Saturday.

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Syracuse (64) 25-0 1,624
2 Florida (1) 23-2 1,543
3 Wichita State 27-0 1,489
4 Arizona 23-2 1,427
5 Duke 20-5 1,296
6 San Diego State 22-2 1,232
7 Cincinnati 23-3 1,157
8 Kansas 19-6 1,129
9 Villanova 22-3 1,020
10 Saint Louis 23-2 1,019
11 Louisville 21-4 991
11 Creighton 21-4 991
13 Michigan State 21-5 788
14 Virginia 21-5 752
15 Iowa 19-6 721
16 Wisconsin 21-5 609
17 Iowa State 19-5 597
18 Kentucky 19-6 579
19 Texas 20-5 577
20 Michigan 18-7 421
21 Connecticut 20-5 382
22 Memphis 19-6 204
23 UCLA 20-5 168
24 Ohio State 20-6 133
25 Gonzaga 23-4 112
Others receiving votes: North Carolina 54, Arizona State 45, Southern Methodist 21, Pittsburgh 21, Stephen F. Austin 8, Oklahoma 7, New Mexico 3, Virginia Commonwealth 2, Green Bay 1, Kansas State 1, Louisiana Tech 1.

Dropped from rankings: Southern Methodist 23, Pittsburgh 25.

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USA Today Coaches Poll
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Syracuse (32) 25-0 800
2 Florida 23-2 752
3 Wichita State 27-0 747
4 Arizona 23-2 679
5 Louisville 21-4 618
6 Duke 20-5 611
7 San Diego State 22-2 591
8 Kansas 19-6 554
9 Cincinnati 23-3 526
10 Saint Louis 23-2 513
11 Villanova 22-3 506
12 Creighton 21-4 423
13 Virginia 21-5 416
14 Michigan State 21-5 406
15 Iowa 19-6 375
16 Kentucky 19-6 302
17 Texas 20-5 278
18 Wisconsin 21-5 255
19 Iowa State 19-5 227
20 Michigan 18-7 159
21 Connecticut 20-5 158
22 Gonzaga 23-4 128
23 Ohio State 20-6 97
24 Memphis 19-6 85
25 UCLA 20-5 72
Others receiving votes: Oklahoma 31, North Carolina 22, Kansas State 19, Pittsburgh 17, Southern Methodist 7, Stephen F. Austin 7, New Mexico 6, Arizona State 6, West Virginia 2, Louisiana Tech 2, California 1, Nebraska 1, Virginia Commonwealth 1.

Dropped from rankings: Pittsburgh 23, Oklahoma 25.

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