Looking back at the Buckeyes’ non-conference schedule, their best win was likely against the Washington Huskies, who are only 13-11 on the season. I guess you could include Long Beach State as well as a decent victory, with the 49ers having an overall record of 14-9.
Long Beach State would have a much better record if it didn’t play one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country, but that is just how the 49ers do it on a yearly basis.
Ohio State’s two biggest wins of the season came in conference play against the No. 2 Michigan Wolverines at the time and the Wisconsin Badgers. Both victories came at home. This team can’t seem to get that big victory on the road, but that is just how the Big Ten Conference works.
Even with no big road wins or non-conference wins on the season, the Buckeyes find themselves being ranked as high as No. 13 in the country, with an overall record of 17-6.
Ohio State is also No. 23 in the RPI and No. 13 in the BPI, so they are clearly still one of the top teams in the nation.
Not beating Kansas or Duke this season will not hurt this team, but if it can’t finish close to the top of the standings in the Big Ten or have an impressive performance in its conference tournament, the Buckeyes’ seeding in the big dance will likely fall a bit.