With the Ohio State Buckeyes football season coming to an end with a Rose Bowl win, it may now (officially) be time for Buckeye Nation to shift their focus to the basketball court. Much like last season, Chris Holtmann’s squad is surprising people once again. Expected to finish in the bottom half of the Big Ten, they are not only ranked but are currently a top-15 team in the country. Following their 18-point win over High Point last week, the Buckeyes have fallen one spot to No. 14 in the latest AP Top 25.
Now, the fun begins, with Big Ten season officially upon us. Ohio State’s conference season tips off with one of their biggest games of the season when they host Michigan State Saturday afternoon. It will be an opportunity for each team to potentially prove that they are not only one of the best teams in the conference, but one of the best teams in the country as well. At 12-1, the Buckeyes still have plenty to prove, especially with so many doubters at the start of the season. Their game against the Spartans is a big opportunity to do just that.
Kaleb Wesson has been Ohio State’s best player so far this season, averaging a team-high 16.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, but the Buckeyes are in no way a one-man team. They have seven players that average over seven points per game, including five that are over eight points per game. They may not be the most talented team on the court at times, but you can guarantee that Holtmann will get the best out of his guys and Ohio State players will give it their all, especially defensively. True freshman Luther Muhammad already seems to be a lockdown defender and is the team’s third-leading scorer as well, averaging 9.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.1 steals a night.
The top five remains unchanged, with Duke at the top of the rankings followed by Michigan, Tennessee, Virginia, and Kansas. Along with Ohio State and Michigan, there are five other Big Ten teams who are ranked: No. 8 Michigan State, No. 21 Indiana, No. 22 Wisconsin, No. 24 Nebraska, and No. 25 Iowa. The conference is arguably the best one in college basketball, with the Wolverines, Spartans, and Buckeyes leading the charge.