The Buckeyes are back!

For the first time since 2015, the Ohio State men’s basketball team is ranked in the AP Top 25.

Currently, the Buckeyes are No. 22 overall thanks to a 6-0 record in the Big Ten.

It is safe to say the Buckeyes are on a war path in the Big Ten, beating every conference opponent this year by at least nine points. After upsetting No. 1 Michigan State at home, the Buckeyes are now serious contenders in the Big Ten. Since that stunning upset, Ohio State has taken down Maryland and Rutgers.

It appears the Buckeyes are on a collision course to face off against No. 3 Purdue in a few weeks in a game that could determine who wins the regular season in the Big Ten, something Ohio State has not accomplished since 2012.

But, before the Buckeyes can even think about that, they have to take business against Northwestern. Sitting at 11-8 on the season, the Wildcats need to start winning if they have any hope of making the tournament.

Last year, the Wildcats defeated the Buckeyes, 74-72, the only time the both teams played.

Northwestern guards Scottie Lindsey and Bryant McIntosh gouged the Buckeyes for 21 points and 17 points in that game, respectively.
However, that Ohio State team was missing junior forward Keita Bates-Diop, who is currently averaging 20.3 points a game and is seriously being considered as Big Ten player of the year.

Now facing sky high expectations for the rest of the season, the question remains if Ohio State will rise to the occasion or come crashing back down to Earth.

 

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I am recent graduate of The Ohio State University who is currently following his dream of sports writing. I was born in Wayne, New Jersey and played football in high school all four years. In college I stuck to intramural basketball. Although not much of a scorer, I liked to consider myself a real gritty “bring your lunch pale to work” power forward with playing style being described as a mix between Reggie Evans and Rick Mahorn. I am a lifelong Denver Broncos and New York Yankees fan, a skeptical yet optimistic New Orleans Pelicans fan, and above all else a die hard Ohio State fan. @DSmythTheMyth18
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I am recent graduate of The Ohio State University who is currently following his dream of sports writing. I was born in Wayne, New Jersey and played football in high school all four years. In college I stuck to intramural basketball. Although not much of a scorer, I liked to consider myself a real gritty “bring your lunch pale to work” power forward with playing style being described as a mix between Reggie Evans and Rick Mahorn. I am a lifelong Denver Broncos and New York Yankees fan, a skeptical yet optimistic New Orleans Pelicans fan, and above all else a die hard Ohio State fan. @DSmythTheMyth18

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