Men's Basketball: Ohio Ranked For The First Time In 17 Years

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Matt Archibald

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Updated Tue, Apr 3, 2012 6:56 pm
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Ohio's Jon Smith and TJ Hall loudly discuss travel plans to St. Louis. The 'Cats are Sweet 16 bound.

Jim Christian was announced Tuesday as the 17th head coach in Ohio men's basketball history. Whether or not Christian will be the lucky charm for Ohio basketball is yet to be determined, but 17 could be a lucky number.

The postseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll was released Tuesday - Ohio found itself ranked 25th in the poll, the first time a Bobcats men's basketball team has been ranked in a postseason poll and the first time in 17 years an Ohio team has been ranked during any part of the season.

The last time the Bobcats were in the polls was when they were ranked 14th in 1995.

Ohio finished the season with a program-record 29 wins, which included two NCAA Tournament wins and a trip to the Sweet 16.

The Bobcats' run in March began with a 65-60 win over the fourth-seeded Michigan Wolverines. UM finished 22nd in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.

Ohio's Sweet 16 run came to an end in a 73-65 overtime loss to the UNC Tar Heels. North Carolina finished the season in the top-10, ranked sixth.

Ohio's All-Time Rankings in the Polls

18th-1960

5th-1970

17th-1972

14th-1995

25th-2012*

*=only team ranked in a postseason poll

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