With two wins this week coupled with a loss from previously No. 1 ranked Duke, Ohio State has ascended to the top of The Associated Press‘ Top 25 poll for the second time this season. The Buckeyes (27-2, 14-2 Big Ten) were previously No. 1 for a four week stretch, week 11 to week 14, before a loss at Wisconsin moved them off the top spot.
OSU received 45 first-place votes, with No. 2 Kansas and No. 3 BYU receiving 14 and five first-place votes respectively. Duke, who still received a lone first-place vote despite its loss to unranked Virginia Tech, is tied at No. 4 with Pittsburgh.
OSU’s 27-2 start to the season is the best under coach Thad Matta and with two games remaining in the regular season the Buckeyes are first in the Big Ten, one game ahead of second-place Purdue. The Boilermakers, one of just two teams to beat OSU this year, are No. 6 in the latest poll.
OSU is also No. 1 in this week’s ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll. The Buckeyes jumped from No. 3 despite No. 2 Kansas winning both its games last week.