July 12, 2017

Buckeyes Announce 2017-18 Non-Conference Schedule


July 12, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State announced the 2017-18 non-conference men’s basketball schedule Wednesday. The 18-game Big Ten schedule will be released at a later date as will game times and television designations.

Ohio State opens its schedule with four-consecutive home contests, squaring off with Robert Morris Nov. 10, Radford Nov. 12, Texas Southern Nov. 16 and Northeastern Nov. 19. The Buckeyes then travel to Portland, Oregon, for the PK80 Invitational where they will open the event against defending NCAA finalist Gonzaga Nov. 23 before playing either Florida or Stanford Nov. 24. After a total of three games in Portland culminating with a contest Nov. 26, Ohio State returns home to conclude the month against Clemson in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge Nov. 29. The game vs. Northeastern in Columbus is part of the PK80 event.

After two Big Ten games open the second month of the season, Ohio State hosts William and Mary Dec. 9, Appalachian State Dec. 16 and The Citadel Dec. 19. The Buckeyes then take on defending national champion North Carolina in the fourth season of the CBSSports Classic Dec. 23 in New Orleans before concluding non-conference play against Miami (Ohio) Dec. 30 in Columbus.

The Buckeyes, as well as all other Big Ten teams, will play two conference games, one home and one away, in early December because the annual league tournament will be played a week earlier than normal in 2018. The change in schedule allows the conference tournament to be played at Madison Square Garden in New York Feb. 28-March 4.

To purchase season tickets, visit go.osu.edu/2017MBKSeasonTix.

Some more notes on the Buckeyes’ 2017-18 non-conference opponents:

Texas Southern: Went 23-12 last year, winning the SWAC regular-season and tournament titles … fell to North Carolina in First Round of NCAA Tournament

Gonzaga: Went 37-2 a season ago, winning its fifth-consecutive WCC regular-season championship to go along with a WCC Tournament crown … advanced to the NCAA Championship game before falling, 71-65, to North Carolina … only previous meeting was a 73-66 Buckeye win in the NCAA second Round in 2012 in Pittsburgh

Clemson: Posted a 17-16 record last season, falling to Oakland in the first round of the NIT … only previous matchup was an 80-73 Clemson victory Dec. 1, 2004

North Carolina: NCAA champions in 2017 went 33-7 and won the ACC regular-season title … topped Gonzaga, 71-65, in NCAA Championship game … last meeting vs. the Buckeyes was an 82-74 victory in the CBSSports Classic Dec. 20, 2015 in Chicago

Date              Opponent                        TV                  Time             Series
10-Fri.           Robert Morris                 TBA               TBA               3-0
12-Sun.        Radford                            TBA               TBA               2-0
16-Thu.        Texas Southern              TBA               TBA               First Meeting
19-Sun.        1-Northeastern               TBA               TBA               0-1
23-Thu.         2-Gonzaga                        TBA               TBA               1-0
24-Fri.           2-Florida/Stanford          TBA               TBA
26-Sun.         2-TBA                                TBA               TBA
29-Wed.       3-Clemson                       TBA               TBA               0-1

9-Sat.            William and Mary          TBA               TBA               First Meeting
16-Sat.         Appalachian State         TBA               TBA               First Meeting
19-Tue.        The Citadel                      TBA               TBA               First Meeting
23-Sat.          4-North Carolina             TBA               TBA               2-11
30-Sat.         Miami (Ohio)                  TBA               TBA               6-2

Home games in Bold // 1-PK80 Invitational, Columbus, Ohio // 2-PK80 Invitational, Portland, Oregon // 3-Big Ten/ACC Challenge, Columbus, Ohio // 4-CBSSports Classic, New Orleans