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 7 p.m.B1G+
Nov. 7Robert MorrisColumbus7 p.m.B1G+
Nov. 10Charleston SouthernColumbus 6:30 p.m.BTN
Nov. 16 Eastern Illinois
Columbus7 p.m.BTN
Nov. 21-23Maui Invitational Lahaina, HITBAESPN2
Nov. 30DukeDurham, NC7:15 p.m.ESPN
Dec. 3 St. FrancisColumbus12 p.m.BTN
Dec. 6RutgersColumbus7 p.m.ESPN2
Dec. 17North Carolina New York, NY3 p.m. CBS
Dec. 21MaineColumbus8:30 p.m.BTN
Dec. 29Alabama A&MColumbus3 p.m.BTN
Jan. 1NorthwesternEvanston, Ill.7:30 p.m.BTN
Jan. 5PurdueColumbus7 p.m.FS1
Jan. 8MarylandCollege Park, Md.TBAESPN
Jan. 12MinnesotaColumbus6:30 p.m.FS1
Jan. 15RutgersPiscataway, N.J.TBABTN
Jan. 18NebraskaLincoln, Neb.7 p.m.BTN
Jan. 21IowaColumbusTBAFOX
Jan. 24IllinoisChampaign, Ill.7 p.m.ESPN
Jan. 28IndianaBloomington, Ind.8 p.m.FOX
Feb. 2WisconsinColumbus7 p.m.FS1
Feb. 5MichiganAnn Arbor, Mich.1 p.m.CBS
Feb. 9NorthwesternColumbus8 p.m.FS1
Feb. 12Michigan StateColumbus1 p.m.CBS
Feb. 16IowaIowa City, Iowa9 p.m.ESPN2
Feb. 19PurdueWest Lafayette, Ind.1 p.m.CBS
Feb. 23Penn StateColumbus6:30 p.m.FS1
Feb. 26IllinoisColumbus12 p.m.CBS
March 1MarylandColumbus7 p.m.BTN
Match 4Michigan StateEast Lansing, Mich.TBAESPN
March 8-12Big Ten Basketball TournamentIndianapolis, Ind.TBATBA
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