Coming off a 29-8 season a year ago, Ohio State's men's basketball team will open the season ranked No. 10 in the USA Today coaches' poll.
Here's part of what USA Today wrote about the Buckeyes:
Can the Buckeyes overcome the loss of Deshaun Thomas and his 19.8 points a game? If LaQuinton Ross can provide more scoring, coach Thad Matta's name finally might be removed from the list of best coaches yet to win a national title.
Ohio State is one of three Big Ten teams in the top 10, following Michigan State at No. 2 and Michigan at No. 9.
Kentucky is No. 1, followed by the Spartans, Louisville, Duke and Arizona rounding out the top five.
Wisconsin (No. 21) and Indiana (No. 24) were the other Big Ten teams in the top 25.
Ohio State finished No. 6 in last year's coaches' poll.
The Buckeyes begin their season on Nov. 9 against Morgan State.