Head Coach Thad Matta and the Ohio State basketball program have officially released the 2014-15 non-conference schedule. There is a lot of games to be excited about next season out of the conference.
After opening the season against UMass-Lowell on November 14th, the Buckeyes will host the Marquette Golden Eagles at Value City Arena November 18th.
Following the two games of the season, Ohio State will host the Buckeye Classic — their first pre-conference tournament of the year. In the classic they’ll face the likes of Sacred Heart, Campbell, and James Madison to close out the month of November.
The Buckeyes start off December with the ACC/B1G challenge when they travel to the KFC Yum! Center to play the Louisville Cardinals on December 2nd. It’ll be the 13th time Ohio State has been featured in the challenge. They have an overall record of 6-6 and have won their matchup five of the last six years.
Ohio State has only faced Louisville seven times in program history and is 4-3 against the Cardinals.
From the ACC/B1g Challenge, Ohio State will take on Colgate to wrap up the Buckeye Classic on the 6th. The following week they will host High Point and Morehead State before battling North Carolina A&T at Nationwide Arena in Columbus on December 17th.
As a host institution for the NCAA Tournament, Ohio State must play a game on the site of where the NCAA second and third round games will be played.
As part of a three season commitment, Ohio State will take on North Carolina at the United Center in Chicago on December 20th as part of the newly formed CBS Sports Classic. They will then wrap up their non-conference schedule at home with the Miami Redhawks on the 22nd and the Wright State Cavaliers on the 27th.
Here is a full look at the non-conference schedule.
|November 9th||Walsh (Exhibition)|
|November 23rd||Sacred Heart|
|November 28th||James Madison|
|December 2nd||at Louisville|
|December 10th||High Point|
|December 13th||Morehead State|
|December 17th||North Carolina A&T (Nationwide Arena, Columbus)|
|December 20th||North Carolina (United Center, Chicago)|
|December 22nd||Miami (Ohio)|
|December 27th||Wright State|
The Big Ten portion of Ohio State’s schedule will be released at a later date as will start times and media coverage.
Part of the schedule we do know is the games that the Buckeyes will be playing on ESPN’s Super Tuesday. The Minnesota Gophers will host Thad Matta’s kids on January 6th at 9 PM ET. The Buckeyes will host TTUN on January 13th at 7 PM ET.