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ESPN's Joe Lunardi Predicts Ohio State Will "Fall Back To The Pack" Soon

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Ohio State basketball has been one of the biggest surprises this season.

One ESPN expert thinks they will fall back to earth though in the near future.

No one expected the Buckeyes to challenge in the Big Ten, but here they are at 20-5 overall and 11-1 in the league. Only Purdue has a better conference mark than Ohio State.

The Buckeyes are currently No. 17 in the AP Poll and a No.4 seed in ESPN's latest Bracketology. At one point, the Buckeyes were a two-seed.

However, the man who operates as ESPN's resident bracket guru, Joe Lunardi, isn't convinced on Ohio State's elite status yet. He senses a slide coming for Chris Holtmann's group.

"I don't really think anybody things that they are a top 10 team," Lunardi said.

"Four of their last six are on the road. I think Ohio State is going to slide back to the pack a little bit."

Here is the video of Lunardi making his prediction.

Ohio State has a very tough road test at No. 3 Purdue on Wednesday. They also travel to No. 24 Michigan, Penn State and Indiana.

However, Ohio State draws Rutgers and Iowa, two bottom-tier teams at home. Even if they split their four road games and win both home tilts, they will finish with a 24-7 record in the regular season.

That certainly is not too shabby.