Thad Matta’s Buckeye ballers move up two spots in AP, three in coaches’ poll

After posting two wins over the past week against Northwestern and Minnesota, both at home, Thad Matta’s Buckeye ballers moved up in both the Associated Press and USA Today top 25 college basketball polls that were released earlier today.

Ohio State's Sam Thompson, top, dunks the ball over Minnesota's Austin Hollins during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Minnesota 64-46. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Ohio State’s Sam Thompson, top, dunks the ball over Minnesota’s Austin Hollins during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Minnesota 64-46. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

This week, Ohio State is up two spots to No. 22 in the AP poll, and three spots in the coaches’ poll to No. 20.

There are some major changes this week in the AP poll after previously undefeated Syracuse lost to both Boston College and Duke last week. This week, Florida moves into the top spot garnering 47 of the 65 first-place votes. The only remaining unbeaten team, Wichita State, is No. 2 with 14 first-place votes. No. 3 Arizona received the other four first-place votes.

Rounding out the top 10 in the AP poll it’s Syracuse followed by Kansas, Duke, Louisville, Villanova, Creighton and Saint Louis.

In the coaches’ poll, Florida is also No. 1 with 24 of the 32 first-place votes followed by No. 2 Wichita State with the other eight first-place ballots. Then it’s Arizona, Louisville, Syracuse, Kansas, Duke, Saint Louis, Villanova and Creighton.

Among Big Ten teams in the AP poll, Wisconsin is the highest ranked at No. 14 followed by No. 16 Michigan, No. 18 Michigan State, No. 20 Iowa and No. 22 Ohio State.

This week, the Buckeyes have two games, both on the road, as Ohio State travels to Penn State to take on the Nittany Lions on Thursday night, before heading over to Bloomington to play Indiana on Sunday.

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Florida (47) 25-2 1,606
2 Wichita State (14) 29-0 1,549
3 Arizona (4) 25-2 1,494
4 Syracuse 25-2 1,410
5 Kansas 21-6 1,310
6 Duke 22-6 1,286
7 Louisville 23-4 1,152
8 Villanova 24-3 1,113
9 Creighton 23-4 1,103
10 Saint Louis 25-2 1,047
11 Cincinnati 24-4 921
12 Virginia 23-5 909
13 San Diego State 23-3 886
14 Wisconsin 22-5 818
15 Iowa State 21-5 709
16 Michigan 19-7 653
17 Kentucky 21-6 629
18 Michigan State 22-6 552
19 North Carolina 20-7 440
20 Iowa 19-7 418
21 Memphis 21-6 288
22 Ohio State 22-6 253
23 Southern Methodist 22-6 155
24 Texas 20-7 129
25 New Mexico 21-5 113
Others receiving votes: Connecticut 81, UCLA 41, Oklahoma 35, Stephen F. Austin 11, Massachusetts 9, Gonzaga 2, Green Bay 2, North Carolina Central 1.

Dropped from rankings: Connecticut 21, UCLA 23, Gonzaga 25.

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USA Today Coaches Poll
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Florida (24) 25-2 791
2 Wichita State (8) 29-0 771
3 Arizona 25-2 727
4 Louisville 23-4 660
5 Syracuse 25-2 625
6 Kansas 21-6 619
7 Duke 22-6 594
8 Saint Louis 25-2 563
9 Villanova 24-3 538
10 Creighton 23-4 514
11 Virginia 23-5 480
12 Cincinnati 24-4 460
13 San Diego State 23-3 452
14 Wisconsin 22-5 358
15 Kentucky 21-6 343
16 Michigan 19-7 315
17 Iowa State 21-5 291
18 Michigan State 22-6 275
19 Iowa 19-7 229
20 Ohio State 22-6 166
21 North Carolina 20-7 153
22 Memphis 21-6 124
23 Texas 20-7 102
24 Southern Methodist 22-6 57
25 Oklahoma 20-7 52
Others receiving votes: Connecticut 47, New Mexico 45, UCLA 15, Kansas State 9, Massachusetts 9, Stephen F. Austin 5, Pittsburgh 4, Gonzaga 3, Middle Tennessee 1, Baylor 1, Nebraska 1, Green Bay 1.

Dropped from rankings: Connecticut 21, Gonzaga 22, UCLA 25.

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