Cody Cousino / Asst. multimedia editor
With two wins this week, coupled with a loss by 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 out of 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, which still received a lone first-place vote despite its loss to unranked Virginia Tech on Saturday, 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 are ranked No. 6.
The Buckeyes are also No. 1 in this week’s ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll. OSU jumped from No. 3 despite No. 2 Kansas winning both its games last week.