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Aug. 16, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Appearances on national television will be the norm in 2006-07 for the Ohio State men’s basketball team with at least 14 scheduled appearances on CBS (6), ESPN (5) or ESPN2 (3) set prior to the annual Big Ten Conference tournament.

Ohio State could make another appearance over national airwaves at Michigan in the regular-season conference final March 3 and then again when the league tournament, which will be played at the United Center in Chicago, gets underway March 8-11.

The third edition of Ohio State men’s basketball under the direction of head coach Thad Matta will tip Nov. 10 in Columbus as part of the SportsTime Ohio Black Coaches Association Classic, an eight-team, three-day, 12-game event at Value City Arena.

Matta said the schedule was made with long-term goals in mind.

“This is an incredibly challenging schedule for our young basketball team,” Matta said. “We will be short-handed and inexperienced in the beginning. But I believe the competitiveness of who we are playing, where we are playing and when we are playing will make us a better basketball team in the long run.”

Ohio State will open the season with 10 scholarship players, six of whom are underclassmen. Freshman center Greg Oden will not be in uniform to start the season while he recovers from right wrist surgery performed in early June. Just four of 11 available student-athletes in 2006-07are upperclassmen with significant playing experience.

The Buckeyes open the bracketed SportsTime Ohio BCA Classic Nov. 10. Each team in the event will play a game each day with the championship contest set for Nov. 12. Matchups and game times have not been determined.

Three more home games will follow starting with a matchup vs. Eastern Kentucky Nov. 17 on the eve of the Ohio State vs. Michigan football game in Columbus. The final game of a home-and-home series with San Francisco is set for Nov. 20 prior to a contest vs. Youngstown State Nov. 24 at Nationwide Arena.

The game at Nationwide, which is located in the popular Arena District in downtown Columbus, is a preview of the 2007 NCAA Men’s Basketball First and Second Rounds in March. Ohio State will serve as the host school for the early round games of the 2007 event. As the host institution, Ohio State is not permitted to play at the venue should the squad qualify for NCAA tournament play.

One of several marquee games of the 2006-07 non-Big Ten Conference portion of the schedule will be a road game at North Carolina Nov. 29 in Chapel Hill, N.C. The game is part of the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge and will be televised nationally by ESPN.

Ohio State, the defending outright 2005 Big Ten regular season champions, and the Tar Heels will renew a nine-game series that first started in 1928. The teams last met Dec. 18, 1993 at UNC.

Two December home games vs. Valparaiso (Dec. 2) and Cleveland State (Dec. 9) preview a long-awaited matchup with Cincinnati (Dec. 16). The game is part of the Wooden Tradition, a doubleheader played at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Ohio State and the Bearcats have not met since 1962. The series is square at four games apiece. That contest tips at 3:45 p.m. on CBS. Butler and Purdue meet in the first game of the event.

The Buckeyes return home to finish the two-game series with Iowa State Dec. 19 and then take to the road again for a game vs. defending national champion Florida in Gainesville Dec. 23. CBS will television the game a 4 p.m. Ohio State is 5-2 in the all-time series vs. the Gators. The teams last met Dec. 27, 1988 at the ECAC Holiday Festival in New York.

Big Ten play opens in Columbus against Indiana Jan. 2. The contest will be televised nationally by ESPN. Ohio State will face Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota just once in regular-season conference play with the Hoosiers and Hawkeyes making the trip to Columbus. The Buckeyes travel to face the Illini and Golden Gophers.

After three-consecutive games televised by ESPN to start the conference season (Indiana, at Illinois and at Wisconsin), The Buckeyes will appear on CBS vs. Tennessee in Columbus at 1 p.m. Jan. 13. Ohio State is 2-0 all-time vs. the Volunteers. The game is the first of a home-and-home series with UT, which is scheduled to conclude next season in Knoxville.

In all, Ohio State is set to play 10 games vs. 2006 NCAA Tournament teams with the possibility of playing one more if Kent State and the Buckeyes meet in the BCA Classic in Columbus. Six games are on tap vs. 2006 National Invitation Tournament squads, including a pair vs. Michigan, who lost in the final of the annual postseason event to South Carolina.

The Buckeyes will play two exhibitions Nov. 1 and Nov. 5. Walsh University will be the opponent for the Nov. 5 game. The Nov. 1 opponent is still pending as is tip times for the exhibition contests.

Ohio State put together a 26-6 campaign in 2005-06 on its way to an outright Big Ten regular-season title. Matta was named the league’s coach of the year while departing senior Terence Dials earned the conference player of the year award. Guard Jamar Butler, perhaps the top returning point guard in the Big Ten, was a third-team All-Big Ten honoree as a sophomore a year ago.

Ohio State qualified for the NCAA tournament a season ago winning the opener against Davidson before a season-ending loss to Georgetown in the second round. Those games were played at the University of Dayton.

2006-07 Ohio State Men’s Basketball Schedule

Date Opponent Television Time Series
November
1 TBA (Exh.) TBA
5 WALSH UNIVERSITY (Exh.) TBA
10 1-BCA CLASSIC TBA TBA
11 1-BCA CLASSIC TBA TBA
12 1-BCA CLASSIC TBA TBA
17 EASTERN KENTUCKY TBA TBA 2-0
20 SAN FRANCISCO TBA TBA 0-1
24 2-vs. Youngstown State TBA TBA 2-0
29 3-at North Carolina(#) ESPN 9 p.m. 2-7
December
2 VALPARAISO TBA TBA 0-0
9 CLEVELAND STATE TBA TBA 4-1
16 4-vs. Cincinnati(&) CBS 3:45 p.m. 4-4
19 IOWA STATE TBA TBA 4-0
23 @ Florida(#) CBS 4 p.m. 5-2
30 COPPIN STATE TBA TBA 1-0
January
2 INDIANA(#) ESPN 8 P.M. 67-97
6 at Illinois(#) ESPN 2 p.m. 56-97
9 at Wisconsin(#) ESPN 9 p.m. 77-60
13 TENNESSEE(#) CBS 1 P.M. 2-0
17 NORTHWESTERN ESPN+ 8 P.M. 101-44
20 IOWA(#) ESPN+ 8 P.M. 61-72
24 at Northwestern ESPN+ 8 p.m.
27 MICHIGAN STATE(#) ESPN2 9 P.M. 45-54
31 at Purdue ESPN2 7 p.m. 69-78
February
3 at Michigan State(#) CBS 4 p.m.
6 MICHIGAN(&) ESPN 7 P.M. 79-69
10 PURDUE ESPN REG. 12:15 P.M.
14 at Penn State(&) ESPN2 7 p.m. 18-12
18 at Minnesota(&) CBS 1 p.m. 71-52
21 PENN STATE(&) ESPN+ 8 P.M.
25 WISCONSIN(#) CBS 4 P.M.
March
3 at Michigan(&) CBS/ESPN/ESPN+ noon/2/4 p.m.
8-11 5-Big Ten Tournament TBA TBA

1-SportsTime Ohio BCA Classic, Columbus, Ohio
2-at Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
3-Big Ten/ACC Challenge, Chapel Hill, N.C.
4-Wooden Tradition, Indianapolis, Ind.
5-Big Ten Tournament, Chicago
(#) 2006 NCAA Tournament Participant
(&) 2006 NIT Tournament Participant
Home games in ALL CAPS
Dates and times are subject to change
All games listed as ESPN+/Regional will be televised locally by WBNS TV (Ch. 10). Regional games are televised throughout the Big Ten television markets.