COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The Ohio State Buckeyes men’s basketball team has moved up six spots to number 15 in the latest AP Top 25 Poll on Monday.

This is the highest Ohio State has been ranked in the 2021-22 season as they improved its record to 8-2 this past week with victories over Towson and Big Ten rivals Wisconsin.

The team was led by junior forward E.J. Liddell who averaged 21.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, and shot nearly 64% from the floor in the two wins. His performances earned him Co-Big Ten Player of the Week honors.

The Buckeyes are one of three Big Ten teams ranked in the AP Top 25 this week. Last week’s No. 1 team Purdue moved down to No. 3 while Michigan State pushed up seven spots to No. 12.

Ohio State will stay in Columbus and take on No. 21 Kentucky at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday at 5 p.m.

AP TOP 25 POLL (Week 6)

  1. Baylor
  2. Duke
  3. Purdue
  4. UCLA
  5. Gonzaga
  6. Alabama
  7. Kansas
  8. Arizona
  9. Villanova
  10. USC
  11. Iowa State
  12. Michigan State
  13. Auburn
  14. Houston
  15. Ohio State
  16. Seton Hall
  17. Texas
  18. Tennessee
  19. LSU
  20. UCONN
  21. Kentucky
  22. Xavier
  23. Colorado State
  24. Arkansas
  25. Texas Tech