December 2, 2019

Buckeyes Climb to No. 6 in AP Poll, Highest Ranking Since 2014


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COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s basketball team has climbed to No. 6 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll released Monday. The ranking is the highest for the Buckeyes since January 2014 when Ohio State reached No. 3 in the poll.

Ohio State, now 7-0 on the year, travels to No. 7 North Carolina for a 9:30 p.m. Wednesday tip in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The contest will be televised on ESPN.

The Buckeyes are 340-77 (.815) when ranked in the Top 10 and Chris Holtmann-coached teams are 25-9 when ranked in the Top 25.

Ohio State, which already has a 76-51 win over then-No. 10 Villanova Nov. 13, is led by junior Kaleb Wesson, who averages 12.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Freshman D.J. Carton averages 10.4 points per contest while sophomore Duane Washington Jr. chips in with 10.1 points per game as six Buckeyes average at least eight points per game.

The Buckeyes rank first nationally in scoring margin (+25.6), second in field goal percentage defense (32.9%) and sixth in scoring defense (52.7 ppg). Ohio State leads the Big Ten in all three categories.