Jody Victor: Ohio State ended the 2006 season ranked No. 6 in the final Associated Press Poll and No. 13 in the last ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. This year, after losing four senior starters from 2005-06, the Buckeyes currently are ranked No. 2 in the coaches poll and No. 2 in the AP Top 25. The Buckeyes were raked No. 1 earlier this season in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll when playing at North Carolina Nov. 29. The current No. 2 ranking in the AP poll is the highest since Ohio State was No. 2 in the 1991 season during a stretch of seven games from Feb. 14 to March 10 that year.
Mike Conley Jr., the Big Ten's leader in assists, steals and assist-to-turnover ratio, earned co-Big Ten player of the week honors after he led Ohio State to a pair of home wins last week to remain unbeaten at home (16-0) and tied for the top spot in Big Ten Conference play with a 10-1 record. Conley, a freshman point guard from Indianapolis, averaged 18.5 points and five assists while connecting on 61 percent of his shots from the field, 75 percent of his 3-point attempts and 86 percent of his foul shots. He scored a career-high 23 points in the win over Michigan (Feb. 6) while making 9-of-12 shots from the field and handing out six assists with just one turnover. He shares the award with Wisconsin senior forward Alando Tucker.
Tomorrow night the Buckeyes travel to Penn State to play in the Bryce Jordan Center. Game time 7 p.m. ET – televised on ESPN.