Ohio State lost at Wisconsin Saturday after blowing a 15 point second half lead. So what does this mean for the rankings tomorrow? Nothing. At least it shouldn’t. At least not for Ohio State.
Wisconsin should get a decent bump, maybe even into the top 10. But Ohio State? They should (but won’t) be #1 when the polls come out tomorrow.
The Buckeyes are the last division 1 team to lose this season, and they lost in a place where just about everybody else has lost at some point this decade. The Kohl Center, along with Allen Fieldhouse, are the toughest places to win a college basketball game.
I can’t say I was surprised Ohio State lost Saturday. If anything, it will be good for them. But if the NCAA tournament were to start this week, they better be on the committee’s top line as the #1 overall seed. They, along with Kansas and San Diego State, are the only one-loss teams in the country. I don’t think I need to convince you that the Buckeyes are more deserving than San Diego State. I’ll make quick work of the Jayhawks too.
Ohio State’s lone loss was a four point loss on the road against a Badger team that was undefeated at home and ranked #13. Kansas’ only setback was a double-digit home loss to Texas. Ohio State also has four wins over teams currently ranked, while Kansas has just two. And consider this – the Jayhawks have only two conference wins against teams in the RPI top 60 (Missouri, Kansas State). Ohio State has six such wins (Purdue, Illinois, Minnesota twice, Michigan twice).
The Big 12 is the most disappointing conference this season in terms of playing to expectations. Only four teams are going to make the tournament. Ohio State plays in a better conference against better teams and has beaten better teams. Simple enough.
You may be able to make an argument for Pittsburgh, but that Tennessee loss is looking worse by the day.
Might as well give Ohio State the top line now. They are done losing. Kansas still has a Big 12 Championship date with Texas.