The USA Today Coaches Poll and AP Top 25 do not always see eye to eye. However, the Ohio State Buckeyes are ranked near the top 10 in both polls entering the new year.
The Buckeyes are ranked No. 10 in the Coaches Poll and No. 11 in the AP. Both rankings are pretty fair.
Ohio State made the Elite Eight last season. It made the Final Four the year before that. The Buckeyes consistently make a deep run in the dance, but they can’t seem to win a national championship. Who knows if that will be the case in the 2013-14 season, but it will not be easy.
It helps that Deshaun Thomas is the only starter no longer on the team. Unfortunately, he was the Buckeyes’ best player. Thomas averaged 19.8 points per game last season.
I am sure Ohio State will be just fine, though. It lost its best player in Jared Sullinger last season and was still one of the best teams.
Aaron Craft and co. will be a stingy defense no matter what. Plus, Lenzelle Smith Jr., LaQuinton Ross and Sam Thompson are all more than capable of scoring more in the upcoming season. They will need to because the Buckeyes only averaged 69.9 points per game.
Whether the case, Ohio State will have the talent to be ranked near or in the top 10 all season long. It is important to note that Michigan and Michigan State are both ranked higher than the Buckeyes. The Wolverines are ranked as high as No. 7 and the Spartans are ranked No. 2 in both polls.