May 24, 2016

Buckeyes Announce 2016-17 Non-Conference Schedule


May 24, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach, announced the Buckeyes’ 2016-17 non-conference schedule Tuesday. The 18-game Big Ten slate will be released at a later date.

“With the experience we return from our core group from last season, we’ve put together a non-conference schedule that will challenge our team and put us in a good position for what again is expected to be a very competitive Big Ten Conference schedule,” Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach, said. “November matchups against Providence and Virginia as well as back-to-back games against Connecticut and UCLA in December will test our team as we look to grow heading in to Big Ten play.”

Ohio State opens its schedule with a matchup at Navy Nov. 11 in the Veterans Classic, hosts Providence Nov. 17 in a Gavitt Tipoff Games contest and will play four other home games as part of the Global Sports Invitational. After a Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchup at Virginia Nov. 30, the Buckeyes host Connecticut Dec. 10 and also take on UCLA in the final year of the CBSSPORTS CLASSIC Dec. 17 in Las Vegas.

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Some more notes on the Buckeyes’ 2016-17 non-conference opponents:

Providence: Went 24-11 and defeated USC in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before a second-round loss to No. 1 seed North Carolina … only previous meeting was an 84-83 overtime win for the Buckeyes in the first round of the 1990 NCAA Tournament

Western Carolina: Matta was an assistant coach for the Catamounts in 1996 under head coach Phil Hopkins … helped Western Carolina to Southern Conference regular season and tournament championships before almost knocking off top-seeded Purdue as a No. 16 seed in 73-71 game in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament

Jackson State: Posted a 20-16 record in 2015-16 before suffering a 54-53 loss to Southern in the SWAC championship game … participated in the College Insider Postseason Tournament, defeating Sam Houston State before falling to Grand Canyon

Virginia: Finished last season with a 29-8 record before falling in the Elite Eight … Ohio State holds a 3-2 record against Virginia with the Cavaliers picking up a 64-68 win in a Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchup last season … Ohio State has participated in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge for the last 14 years and has a 6-8 record in the event … the Buckeyes first took part in the event during the 2002-03 season against Duke in Greensboro, N.C., a 91-75 Blue Devils’ victory … Ohio State defeated Virginia Tech in Columbus in 2005-06, 69-59, for its first victory in the event … Ohio State has faced a ranked ACC opponent 10 times in the Challenge … the Buckeyes have won five of the last eight Challenge games

Fairleigh Dickinson: Won Northeast Conference Tournament before falling to Florida Gulf Coast in NCAA First Four

Connecticut: Tallied a 25-11 record a season ago, winning the American Athletic Conference championship and picking up a win over Colorado in the NCAA Tournament before falling to No. 1 seed Kansas in the second round … 3-2 all-time against Connecticut after suffering loss to the Huskies last December in Storrs … five Final Four appearances

UCLA: Buckeyes trail the all-time series with the Bruins by a 5-4 margin, dropping a 72-68 decision in the NCAA Regional Semifinals in 1980 … the Bruins own 18 Final Four appearances

UNC Asheville: Went 22-12 last season, defeating Winthrop, 77-68, in the Big South championship game before falling to eventual national champion Villanova in the first round of the NCAA Tournament

Date Opponent TV Time Series
Nov. 11 1- at Navy CBSSN 9:30 p.m. ET 0-1
Nov. 14 2- NC Central TBA TBA 1st Meeting
Nov. 17 3- Providence TBA TBA 1-0
Nov. 21 2- Western Carolina TBA TBA 1-0
Nov. 23 2- Jackson State TBA TBA 1-0
Nov. 25 2- Marshall TBA TBA 1-0
Nov. 30 4- at Virginia TBA TBA 3-2
Dec. 3 Farleigh Dickinson TBA TBA 1st Meeting
Dec. 6 Florida Atlantic TBA TBA 1st Meeting
Dec. 10 Connecticut TBA TBA 3-2
Dec. 17 5- vs. UCLA CBS TBA 4-5
Dec. 20 Youngstown State TBA TBA 3-0
Dec. 22 UNC Asheville TBA TBA 5-0

Home games in Bold // 1-Veterans Classic, Annapolis, Maryland // 2-Global Sports Invitational, Columbus, Ohio // 3-Gavitt Tipoff Games, Columbus, Ohio // 4-Big Ten/ACC Challenge // 5-CBSSports Classic, Las Vegas, Nevada