At the start of each week, Land of 10 will break down the postseason implications, and projections, to come out of the Ohio State Buckeyes’ latest hoops contest …
Overall record: 17-4
Conference record: 8-0 (T-first)
CBSSports.com RPI rank as of Sunday night: 14
KenPom.com rank as of Sunday night: 11
RPI Top 50 record: 3-3
Last 10: 9-1
TeamRankings.com projection: 24-7, 15-3 Big Ten (2nd)
The week that was: Jan. 17 — W at Northwestern, 71-65; Jan. 20 — W at Minnesota, 67-49.
Next on the docket: vs. Nebraska (14-7, RPI: 66) on Monday; vs. Penn State (13-8, RPI: 135) on Thursday.
The skinny: With two solid road wins under the belt last week and a chance to pick up two more home victories over the next seven days, first-year boss Chris Holtmann’s grip on the Big Ten Coach of the Year award gets tighter as February comes around the bend. Forward Keita Bates-Diop is averaging 20.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.0 3-point makes a game against league foes as the Buckeyes continue to match Purdue, stride for stride, atop the standings.
Jerry Palm’s prognosis: 5 seed. “I think you could argue that [they’re] the most pleasant surprise in college basketball this year,” the CBS Sports bracketologist tells Land of 10. “The thing about Ohio State is they’ve got some nice wins — Michigan State, Michigan, both at home. Michigan State is their only Tier 1 win, so the lack of higher-quality wins is going hold them down a little bit. But they don’t have a bad loss, or anything that resembles a bad loss. [A record of] 17-4 is definitely good enough for a top-15 type of seed.”