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Aug. 19, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio-Jim O’Brien, now in his seventh year at the helm of the Ohio State men’s basketball program, looks to lead the Buckeyes to postseason play for the sixth-consecutive season in 2003-04. No Ohio State coach has taken more than five-consecutive teams to postseason play.

The Buckeyes also hope to continue their success in Big Ten postseason tournament play. Ohio State is 6-1 in the event over the last two seasons, reaching the finals both years.

Before the 2004 league tournament, which will be held in Indianapolis, site of Ohio State’s 2002 Big Ten Tournament title victory over Iowa, the Buckeyes will play a challenging regular-season non-conference and Big Ten schedule.

In 2003-04, the Buckeyes are scheduled to face or could meet in tournament play a total of 15 opponents that participated in either the 2003 NCAA Tournament (7) or 2003 postseason NIT (8).

Ohio State will play a pair of exhibition contests in preparation for the season-opener against San Francisco Nov. 21 on the road. The Buckeyes open exhibition play against the Coaches vs. Cancer All-Stars Nov. 7. EA Sports then visits Value City Arena Nov. 13. The game against San Francisco is the first regular-season road opener for Ohio State since the 1996-97 season when the Buckeyes opened at South Florida.

The trip to California is a stopover on the way to Hawaii, where the Buckeyes will participate in the 2003 EA Sports Maui Invitational Nov. 24-26. Ohio State will play three games in Maui against Central Michigan, Dayton, Hawaii, Villanova, Santa Clara, San Diego State or Chaminade. The Buckeyes open with a 9 p.m. (EST) game against San Diego State Nov. 24 on ESPN.

Ohio State and Georgia Tech will meet in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge Dec. 3 in Columbus. The appearance is the third for the Buckeyes in the event and the second played in Columbus. That game also will be nationally-televised by ESPN.

The Buckeyes will be the home team in a game against Virginia Tech Dec. 6 but the contest will not be played at Value City Arena. The Hokies travel to Columbus to battle the Buckeyes at Nationwide Arena, home of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets in the downtown Arena District. Ohio State will play host to the 2004 NCAA First and Second rounds March 19 and 21 at Nationwide. The regular-season game with Virginia Tech will be a trial run for the NCAA postseason tournament. A road game at Seton Hall Dec. 20 ends the home-and-home series with the Pirates. The Buckeyes begin a two-year series with Texas Tech Jan. 4, 2004 in Columbus. The Buckeyes and Red Raiders will meet in Lubbock, Texas during the 2004-05 season.

The Big Ten season opens Jan. 7 at Illinois followed by a second road contest at Penn State Jan. 10. The Buckeyes will then play the next three-of-four league games at home against Minnesota (Jan. 17), Indiana (Jan. 20) and Wisconsin (Jan. 28). Ohio State travels to Iowa Jan. 24 during that stretch. Illinois defeated the Buckeyes in the championship game of the 2003 Big Ten Tournament. Wisconsin won the 2003 Big Ten regular-season title.

Once again this season every game, home and away, will be televised, including both exhibition contests. Ohio State will play on national television at least six times with the possibility of more national exposures late in the regular season, during the Maui Invitational and during the Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis (March 11-14).

The remainder of the schedule will be televised to a regional or local audience. Local and regional telecasts will be aired on WBNS-TV (Ch. 10), the CBS affiliate in Columbus.

Ohio State will meet Michigan State, Purdue, Michigan and Northwestern just once this year. The Boilermakers (Jan. 31) and Wolverines (Feb. 29) play host to the Buckeyes. Ohio State welcomes the Wildcats (Feb. 4) and Spartans (Feb. 7) to Value City Arena, where the Buckeyes have a record of 69-13 over the five-year history of the facility. OSU will face the rest of the Big Ten teams once each home and away.

The Buckeyes finish the regular season at home for the second-consecutive season. This year Illinois will end the Big Ten regular-season in Columbus March 6 or 7.

2003-04 Ohio State Men’s Basketball Schedule

Date Day TV Opponent Time (EST) Series
NOVEMBER
7 Friday (exh.) ESPN Plus Coaches vs. Cancer All-Stars 8 p.m.
13 Thursday (exh.) ESPN Plus EA Sports 8 p.m.
21 Friday ESPN Plus at San Francisco 11 p.m. First Meeting
24-26 Mon.-Wed. ESPN 1-vs. San Diego St. 9 p.m. 1-1
Maui Inv. Field: &-C. Michigan, &-Dayton, %-Hawaii, %-Villanova, Santa Clara, %-San Diego St., Chaminade) 7-7*
DECEMBER
3 Wednesday ESPN %-Georgia Tech 7 p.m. 10-2
6 Saturday ESPN Plus 2-vs. Virginia Tech 4 p.m. 0-4
13 Saturday ESPN Plus Samford 2 p.m. First Meeting
17 Wednesday ESPN Plus Furman 8 p.m. First Meeting
20 Saturday ESPN Plus %-at Seton Hall Noon 3-1
23 Tuesday ESPN Plus Eastern Illinois 8 p.m. 1-0
28 Sunday ESPN Plus Dartmouth 2 p.m. 3-1
30 Tuesday ESPN Plus Maryland-Baltimore County 8 p.m. 1-0
JANUARY
4 Sunday ESPN Plus %-Texas Tech 2 p.m. First Meeting
7 Wednesday ESPN Plus &-at Illinois 9 p.m. 59-97
10 Saturday ESPN Regional at Penn State 12:15 p.m. 14-12
17 Saturday ESPN Regional %-Minnesota Noon 72-51
20 Tuesday ESPN &-Indiana 7 p.m. 68-95
24 Saturday ESPN Plus %-at Iowa 8 p.m. 65-69
28 Wednesday ESPN Plus &-Wisconsin 8 p.m. 80-56
31 Saturday ESPN Regional &-at Purdue Noon 71-78
FEBRUARY
4 Wednesday ESPN Plus Northwestern 8 p.m. 103-44
7 Saturday ESPN &-Michigan State Noon 46-56
14 Saturday ESPN &-at Wisconsin 7 p.m.
18 Wednesday ESPN Plus %-Iowa 8 p.m.
21 Saturday ESPN Plus &-at Indiana 8 p.m.
25 Wednesday ESPN Plus %-at Minnesota 8 p.m.
29 Sunday CBS at Michigan Noon 82-69
MARCH
3 Wednesday ESPN Plus Penn State 8 p.m.
6 or 7 Sat./Sun. ESPN Reg./CBS &-Illinois 12:15 p.m./4 p.m.
11-14 Thu.-Sun. TBA 3-at Big Ten Tournament TBA

All Times Eastern
1-Maui Invitational, Maui, Hawaii / * vs. Maui Inv. field
2-at Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
3-Big Ten Tournament, Indianapolis, Ind.
& 2003 NCAA Tournament Participant
% 2003 (Postseason) National Invitation Tournament Participant
OSU vs. 2003-04 schedule: (685-642/.516)
OSU vs. the non-conference schedule: (25-15/.625)
OSU vs. the Big Ten: (660-627/.513)