Buckeyes seem to be on a roll, but are they?

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The numbers support the fact that No. 4 Ohio State is playing well.

But coach Thad Matta isn't so sure that winning the last game or two or three means much the next time a team takes the court.

His Buckeyes (17-3, 5-2) have won two in a row and four of five heading into Wednesday night's home game with Penn State. They come into the week tied with Michigan and Michigan State for first place in the Big Ten.

Yet Matta believes the downfall of many teams is they start to believe they're playing better than they are. And he guards against that possibility all the time.