Aug. 25, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Thad Matta, who took over the helm of the Ohio State men’s basketball program in July, will lead the Buckeyes through a challenging schedule in 2004-05.

The Buckeyes face non-conference road games at Clemson (Dec. 1) in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, travel to Dallas for a clash with Texas Tech (Dec. 16) and face Louisiana State (Jan. 15) in Baton Rouge, La., in the middle of the always-difficult Big Ten schedule.

St. Joseph’s, which spent time as the No. 1 team in the country and was a No. 1-seed in the 2004 NCAA Tournament, will visit Value City Arena New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31).

The Buckeyes also make a return to St. John Arena, Ohio State’s former on-campus home court, to face Tennessee-Chattanooga the Saturday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 27). The game is being played in the historic venue because of a Value City Arena scheduling conflict.

Also highlighting the home schedule are the first two games of the 2004 Guardians Classic to tip off the season. Three teams will visit Columbus for a mini tournament Nov. 15-16. The winners of each game on the first day of the event (Nov. 15) will meet the next day, as will the losing squads. The winner of the Nov. 16 game featuring the first-day winners will advance to Kansas City (Nov. 23-24) for two more games in the 12-team event. The Buckeyes open in Columbus with Towson State. The remaining two teams in the Columbus event are pending.

Two other schools (Missouri and Creighton) will host games prior to the event’s conclusion in Kansas City.

The Big Ten portion of the schedule begins on the road Jan. 5 in Champaign, Ill., against the Illini. The home opener in league play will be against Iowa Jan. 8.

Matta said the Buckeyes hope to gain experience during November and December as the team gears up for Big Ten play.

“We have a competitive schedule,” Matta said. “The non-conference schedule is set to help us prepare for the Big Ten Conference regular season. The league will be as competitive as it’s ever been this year. We are looking forward to the challenge.” The Buckeyes will face four league foes just once again this season. Purdue (Feb. 2) and Michigan (Feb. 5) visit Columbus. Ohio State travels to both Northwestern (Jan. 29) and Michigan State (Feb. 9).

Again this season, every game will be televised either locally, regionally or to a national audience. Games against Wisconsin in Madison Jan. 11 and vs. Indiana Feb. 15 in Columbus will be televised by ESPN. The final game of the regular season vs. Illinois may be picked up by CBS for a Sunday March 6 telecast.

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

Chicago will be the host city for the annual Big Ten Conference tournament March 10-13. Those games will be aired by ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Plus and CBS.

In 2004-05, the Buckeyes are scheduled to face a total of eight opponents that participated in either the 2004 NCAA Tournament (5) or 2004 postseason NIT (3). Michigan won the 2004 NIT Championship. Ohio State will play at least 11 games against teams which qualified for postseason competition. That number could rise depending on the teams advancing to Kansas City in the Guardians Classic. Both Missouri and Creighton participated in the 2004 NIT.

Ohio State will play one public exhibition contest vs. Northern Kentucky at 8 p.m. Nov. 9 at Value City Arena.

Ohio State and Clemson will meet in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge Nov. 29 at Clemson. The appearance is the fourth for the Buckeyes in the event. That game also will be nationally-televised by ESPN2.

The road game at Texas Tech in Dallas ends the home-and-home series with the Red Raiders. The Buckeyes begin a two-year series with LSU and with St. Joseph’s.

The Buckeyes could play six games in November should the squad advance to play in Kansas City in the Guardians Classic. Ohio State has played six or more times just once before in November, that coming in 1998-99, the first season with Value City Arena serving as the team’s home court, when the Buckeyes competed seven times.

2004-05 Ohio State Men’s Basketball Schedule

Date Day TV Opponent Time (EST) Series
9 Tues. ESPN Plus Exh.-Northern Kentucky 8 p.m.
15 Mon. ESPN Plus 1-Gm. 2 OSU vs. Towson 8 p.m. First Meeting
1-Gm. 1 Teams TBA TBA
16 Tues. ESPN Plus 1-Gm. 4 OSU vs. TBA 8 p.m. 4-0/1-0
1-Gm. 3 Teams TBA TBA
19 Fri. ESPN Plus Delaware 7 p.m. First Meeting
23 Tues. ESPN Plus 2-at Guardians Classic TBA
24 Wed. ESPN Plus 2-at Guardians Classic TBA
27 Sat. ESPN Plus 3-UT-Chattanooga 8 p.m. 3-1
1 Wed. ESPN2 4-at Clemson 7:30 p.m. First Meeting
11 Sat. ESPN Plus Portland State 8 p.m. First Meeting
16 Thurs. ESPN 5-at Texas Tech& 9 p.m. 0-1
19 Sun. ESPN Plus Morehead State 1 or 4 p.m. 2-0
22 Wed. ESPN Plus Mercer 8 p.m. First Meeting
28 Tues. ESPN Plus New Hampshire 8 p.m. First Meeting
31 Fri. ESPN Plus St. Joseph’s& 6 p.m. 3-0
5 Wed. ESPN Plus at Illinois& 9 p.m. 59-99
8 Sat. ESPN Regional Iowa# 12:07 p.m. 65-71
11 Tues. ESPN at Wisconsin& 7 p.m. 80-58
15 Sat. ESPN Plus at Louisiana State 8 p.m. First Meeting
19 Wed. ESPN Plus Minnesota& 8 p.m. 74-51
22 Sat. ESPN Plus at Indiana 8 p.m. 69-97
26 Wed. ESPN Plus Penn State 8 p.m. 15-13
29 Sat. ESPN Regional at Northwestern 12:17 p.m. 104-44
2 Wed. ESPN Plus Purdue# 8 p.m. 72-78
5 Sat. ESPN Regional Michigan# 12:17 p.m. 82-70
9 Wed. ESPN Plus at Michigan State& 8 p.m. 46-57
12 Sat. ESPN Regional at Penn State 5:07 p.m.
15 Tues. ESPN Indiana 7 p.m.
19 Sat. ESPN Plus at Minnesota 8 p.m.
27 Sun. ESPN Plus Wisconsin& 2 p.m. or 4 p.m.
2 Wed. ESPN Plus at Iowa# 8 p.m.
5 Sat. ESPN Plus/ESPN Illinois& 2:32 p.m./4 p.m.
or 6 Sun. CBS Illinois 2 p.m.
10-13 Thurs./Sun. TBA 6-at Big Ten Tournament TBA

All Times Eastern and subject to change
1-Guardians Classic, Columbus, Ohio
2-Guardians Classic, Kansas City, Mo.
3-at St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio
4-Big Ten/ACC Challenge, Clemson, S.C.
5-American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
6-2005 Big Ten Tournament, Chicago, Ill.
& 2004 NCAA Tournament Participant // #2004 (Postseason) National Invitation Tournament Participant