Head Coach Chris Holtmann tells Ohio State redshirt junior guard Keita Bates-Diop (33) to head back into the game in the first half in the game against Michigan State on Jan. 7 in Value City Arena. Ohio State won 80-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor

The Ohio State men’s basketball team turned around its downward trajectory Monday, rising from No. 17 to No. 14 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll.

After losing to Penn State Jan. 25 and falling four spots from No. 13, Ohio State bounced back with wins against Indiana and Illinois.

The Buckeyes are joined by No. 3 Purdue, No. 4 Michigan State and No. 20 Michigan as Big Ten teams in the top 25. They travel to West Lafayette, Indiana, to face the Boilermakers at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Ohio State will head back onto the road to face the Wolverines on Feb. 18.

AP Poll

  1. Villanova (48)
  2. Virginia (16)
  3. Purdue
  4. Michigan State
  5. Xavier
  6. Cincinnati
  7. Texas Tech
  8. Auburn
  9. Duke
  10. Kansas
  11. St. Mary’s
  12. Gonzaga
  13. Arizona
  14. Ohio State
  15. Tennessee
  16. Clemson
  17. Oklahoma
  18. Rhode Island
  19. West Virginia
  20. Michigan
  21. North Carolina
  22. Wichita State
  23. Nevada
  24. Kentucky
  25. Miami (FL)