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Ohio State Ranked No. 17 In Preseason Associated Press Top 25 Men’s Basketball Poll

The Buckeyes will begin the season ranked for the third straight year under head coach Chris Holtmann.

Ohio State will open the 2021-22 college basketball season at No. 17 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, which was released on Monday afternoon.

The Buckeyes, who fell in the first round of last season’s NCAA Tournament, are one of five Big Ten teams in the preseason poll, joining No. 6 Michigan, No. 7 Purdue, No. 11 Illinois and No. 21 Maryland.

Ohio State will host No. 9 Duke in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 30 and travel to Las Vegas to take on No. 10 Kentucky as part of the CBS Sports Classic on Dec. 18.

The Buckeyes open the season against Akron on Nov. 9. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. on ESPN. Meanwhile, the full preseason AP Top 25 can be found below, with first-place votes in parenthesis:

  1. Gonzaga (55)
  2. UCLA (8)
  3. Kansas
  4. Villanova
  5. Texas
  6. Michigan
  7. Purdue
  8. Baylor
  9. Duke
  10. Kentucky
  11. Illinois
  12. Memphis
  13. Oregon
  14. Alabama
  15. Houston
  16. Arkansas
  17. Ohio State
  18. Tennessee
  19. North Carolina
  20. Florida State
  21. Maryland
  22. Auburn
  23. St. Bonaventure
  24. UConn
  25. Virginia

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