Ohio State Jumps to No. 3 in Latest AP Poll

Ohio State men's basketball has jumped three spots to No. 3 in the latest Associated Press poll.

Since a 64-56 victory in their season opener against Cincinnati, the Buckeyes have beaten every team they have faced by at least 19 points. That includes victories over Top 10 opponents Villanova and North Carolina.

They are No. 30 in the country in scoring offense, and their defense is No. 5, as OSU only gives up an average of 54.7 points per game, while only allowing opponents to make 33.3 percent of their shots.

"When winning matters, and really, really matters to you, you tend to block out some of the noise and some of the distractions," said coach Chris Holtmann after their most recent 106-74 victory over Penn State. "If winning becomes less important, then we'll see it in our consistency in our play.

"Right now winning is pretty important. We'll see how long that remains the case."

The Buckeyes have this week off for finals, and they will be back in action on Sunday, December 15 at Minnesota.