Ohio State men’s basketball has its first confirmed nonconference game for the upcoming season, as it was announced that the Buckeyes will be playing Oakland to open their 2020-21 campaign, according to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.
Source: Ohio State will open the 20-21 college basketball season in Columbus against Oakland.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 6, 2020
The Golden Grizzlies reside in Auburn Hills, Mich. and held a 14-19 record and an 8-10 record in the Horizon League. Ohio State most recently played a team from the conference on Dec. 18, 2018, when the Buckeyes defeated Youngstown State 75-56.
According to Tony Paul of The Detroit News, Ohio State will be playing Oakland nearly six figures for the matchup.
The Oakland-Ohio State game in Columbus will be Nov. 10 or 11. Probably the season opener. Oakland will get $95,000.
— Tony Paul (@TonyPaul1984) April 6, 2020
This is the first confirmed game on Ohio State’s schedule for next year. The Buckeyes will also be a part of the Battle 4 Atlantis mid-season tournament that will have Ohio State potentially go up against any of Creighton, Duke, Memphis, Texas A&M, Utah, West Virginia and Wichita State, all of which are known to be participating.
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