Did you wake up this morning with an indescribable urge to power rank college basketball teams? (It is July, so we understand) If so, you and Jon Rothstein have something in common. However, something you may not have in common is how good you think Ohio State is compared to its fellow Big Ten teams.
Big Ten Offseason Power Rankings:
1. Michigan State
10. Ohio State
11. Penn State
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 23, 2018
Yes, you are reading that correctly. Rothstein has Ohio State 10th (of 13) in the Big Ten. If you are wondering how anyone on this earth who watched Chris Holtmann basically do magic last year with the team could think they’re worse than 9 Big Ten teams, you are not alone.
However, let’s try to follow Rothstein’s logic for a second. Rothstein, according to his Twitter bio, is a College Basketball Insider for CBS Sports, WFAN and the FRS Sports Network, so he’s got credentials. The guy has gotta know what he’s talking about, right? Maybe?
Well, in case you didn’t know, Ohio State finished second in the Big Ten last year. Yes, they lost Big Ten player of the year Keita Bates-Diop and stalwarts Jae’Sean Tate and Kam Williams (among others), but this ranking still seems to discredit the fact that Holtmann took almost the same roster from 2017 (Bucks finished 17-15, 11th in Big Ten that season) and turned them into the second best team in the conference.
Not to mention the anticipated growth of Kaleb Wesson, Musa Jallow, C.J. Jackson (and others) as well as the immediate impact that recruits could make. Sure, the Big Ten has got some perennial powerhouses like Michigan State and Wisconsin.
But come on, Jon. TENTH? HOW?