Ohio State Men’s Basketball Announces Big Ten Schedule

By August 23, 2019 (12:19 pm)Basketball

The Ohio State men’s basketball program announced its Big Ten schedule for the 2019-20 season, which includes a tough nonconference slate.

The Buckeyes open their Big Ten slate against Penn State on Dec. 7 at the Schottenstein Center, followed by a trip to Minnesota to take on the Golden Gophers on Dec. 15.

The Scarlet and Gray enter season No. 108 for the program in the Big Ten. It will be the second season where the regular-season conference title will be determined following a 20-game schedule, where they face 10 Big Ten foes at home and 10 on the road.

Ohio State will play Minnesota, Indiana, Michigan, Penn State, Maryland, Wisconsin and Nebraska for home-and-home series. And the Buckeyes play Iowa, Michigan State and Northwestern only on the road. Illinois, Purdue and Rutgers will oppose Ohio State only in Columbus.

After kicking off the Big Ten season with victories against Wisconsin on the road and Michigan at home in Dec. 2017 and wins over Minnesota at home and Illinois on the road last season, the Buckeyes will strive for another hot start in conference action.

Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann enters his third season at the helm in Columbus following a 25-9 overall record in 2017-18 and a 20-15 ledger in 2018-19, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tourney both years. The Buckeyes defeated South Dakota State before falling to Gonzaga in the 2018 West Regional in Boise, Idaho.

With 19 regular-season games against 13 teams that advanced to postseason play in 2019, Ohio State’s schedule presents challenges against top programs.

Fifteen games are scheduled against 2019 NCAA Tournament teams (Maryland-2, Minnesota-2, Michigan State-1, Michigan-2, Wisconsin-2, Villanova-1, Purdue-1, Cincinnati-1, Iowa-1, Kentucky-1, North Carolina-1), while the Buckeyes have four contests against 2019 NIT squads (Indiana-2, Nebraska-2).

The annual Big Ten Tournament will be contested in Indianapolis in 2020.

Game times and television designations will be announced at a later date for the upcoming season.

Nov. 1Chaminade (Exhibition) Columbus W, 101-57
Nov. 7Robert MorrisColumbusW, 91-53
Nov. 10Charleston SouthernColumbus W, 82-56
Nov. 16 Eastern Illinois
ColumbusW, 65-43
Nov. 21San Diego StateLahaina, HIL, 88-77
Nov. 22CincinnatiLahaina, HIW, 81-53
Nov. 23Texas TechLahaina, HIW, 80-73
Nov. 30DukeDurham, NCL, 81-72
Dec. 3 St. FrancisColumbusW, 96-59
Dec. 6RutgersColumbusW, 67-66
Dec. 17North Carolina New York, NYL, 89-84 (OT)
Dec. 21MaineColumbusW, 95-61
Dec. 29Alabama A&MColumbusW, 90-59
Jan. 1NorthwesternEvanston, Ill.W, 73-57
Jan. 5PurdueColumbusL, 71-69
Jan. 8MarylandCollege Park, Md.L, 80-73
Jan. 12MinnesotaColumbusL, 70-67
Jan. 15RutgersPiscataway, N.J.L, 68-64 (OT)
Jan. 18NebraskaLincoln, Neb.L, 63-60
Jan. 21IowaColumbusW, 93-77
Jan. 24IllinoisChampaign, Ill.L, 69-60
Jan. 28IndianaBloomington, Ind.L, 86-70
Feb. 2WisconsinColumbusL, 65-60
Feb. 5MichiganAnn Arbor, Mich.L, 77-69
Feb. 9NorthwesternColumbusL, 69-63
Feb. 12Michigan StateColumbusL, 62-41
Feb. 16IowaIowa City, IowaL, 92-75
Feb. 19PurdueWest Lafayette, Ind.L, 82-55
Feb. 23Penn StateColumbusL, 75-71
Feb. 26IllinoisColumbusW, 72-60
March 1MarylandColumbusW, 73-62
March 4Michigan StateEast Lansing, Mich.L, 84-78
March 8Wisconsin (Big Ten Basketball Tournament)ChicagoW, 65-57
March 9Iowa (Big Ten Basketball Tournament)ChicagoW, 73-69
March 10Michigan State (Big Ten Basketball Tournament)ChicagoW, 68-58
March 11Purdue (Big Ten Basketball Tournament)ChicagoL, 80-66
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