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Feb. 26, 2007

COLUMBUS, Ohio-Voters in the Associated Press men’s college basketball poll picked Ohio State for the No. 1 spot in its weekly poll for the first time since 1962 Monday. Ohio State last played a game as the AP No. 1 team March 24, 1962 in the NCAA title game that year.

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach, said his 26-3 Buckeyes, the outright Big Ten regular season champions each of the last two seasons, have challenges ahead at Michigan Saturday (4 p.m./CBS) and then at the Big Ten tournament in Chicago March 8-11.

“I am proud of what our players have accomplished thus far,” Matta said. “They have worked extremely hard all season long. Being recognized in this manner at this point in the season is an honor but the team knows rankings only have significance at the end of the year. We have the opportunity to take a major step forward toward reaching our goals this Saturday in Ann Arbor.”

Ohio State is 49-3 all-time when ranked No. 1 in the AP poll after first reaching the top spot before a Dec. 17, 1960 win (93-82) at Wichita State. The Buckeyes lost their last game at No. 1 to No. 2 Cincinnati (72-69), who owns two of the three wins vs. No. 1 Ohio State teams after also defeating the Buckeyes 70-65 in the 1961 NCAA title game (3/24/62). The Bearcats were No. 2 in both wins vs. the No. 1 Buckeyes.

The third loss for Ohio State at No. 1 was dealt by Wisconsin in Madison March 3, 1962. The Badgers were unranked at the time.

Ohio State has been rated No. 1 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll in three games, all this season, with a 2-1 record in those outings. Overall, Ohio State is 51-4 when playing in games as the No. 1-rated team nationally. With the win Sunday vs. No. 1 (AP) Wisconsin, Ohio State owns an 8-9 record all-time when facing the top-ranked team nationally (AP). The Buckeyes have won six of the last seven and four-consecutive games in Columbus against No. 1-ranked teams in the AP poll.

OSU RECORD WHEN RANKED NO. 1
51-4, .927

12/17/60 W @Wichita 93(1)-82(16)
12/19/60 W @Loyola (Chi.) 90(1)-65
12/22/60 W Detroit 84(1)-73(8)
12/27/60 W vs Seton Hall 97(1)-57
12/29/60 W vs St. John’s 70(1)-65(7)
12/31/60 W vs St. Bona. 84(1)-82
1/7/61 W Illinois 91(1)-65
1/9/61 W Evansville 86(1)-59
1/14/61 W @Northwestern 79(1)-45
1/21/61 W Minnesota 75(1)-56
1/28/61 W Purdue 92(1)-62(10)
1/30/61 W @Wisconsin 100(1)-68
2/4/61 W @Michigan 80(1)-58
2/6/61 W Indiana 100(1)-65
2/11/61 W @Michigan State 83(1)-68
2/13/61 W Northwestern 89(1)-65
2/18/61 W @Iowa 62(1)-61(9)
2/20/61 W @Indiana 73(1)-69
2/25/61 W Wisconsin 97(1)-74
3/4/61 W Michigan State 91(1)-83
3/11/61 W @Illinois 95(1)-66
3/17/61 W @Louisville 56(1)-55
3/18/61 W vs Kentucky 87(1)-74
3/24/61 W vs St. Joseph’s 95(1)-69
3/25/61 L vs Cincinnati (ot) 65(1)-70(2)
12/6/61 W @Pittsburgh 99(1)-79
12/8/61 W Wichita 85(1)-62
12/9/61 W @Wake Forest 84(1)-62(3)
12/16/61 W Loyola (Chi.) 92(1)-72
12/18/61 W @St. Louis 61(1)-48
12/23/61 W Penn State 92(1)-49
12/27/61 W vs Washington 59(1)-49
12/28/61 W vs UCLA 105(1)-84
12/30/61 W !vs S. California 76(1)-66
1/6/62 W @Northwestern 85(1)-62
1/13/62 W Michigan 89(1)-64
1/20/62 W @Minnesota 90(1)-76
1/22/62 W Purdue 91(1)-65
1/29/62 W @Purdue 94(1)-73
2/3/62 W Northwestern 97(1)-61
2/5/62 W Iowa 89(1)-63
2/10/62 W Minnesota 91(1)-66
2/12/62 W @Michigan 72(1)-57
2/17/62 W @Michigan State 80(1)-72
2/24/62 W Illinois 102(1)-79
2/26/62 W @Iowa 72(1)-62
3/3/62 L @Wisconsin 67(1)-86
3/10/62 W Indiana 90(1)-65
3/16/62 W vs W. Kentucky 93(1)-73
3/17/62 W vs Kentucky 74(1)-64(3)
3/23/62 W vs Wake Forest 84(1)-68
3/24/62 L vs Cincinnati 59(1)-71(2)

(#) indicates AP ranking

No. 1 in ESPN/USA Today Poll

Date W/L Opponent OSU-OPP
11/29/06 L at North Carolina 89(1)-98(6)
12/2/06 W Valparaiso 78(1)-58
2/25/07 W Wisconsin 49(1)-48(2)
3/3/07   at Michigan  

(#) indicates ESPN/USA Today ranking