COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2019-20 Ohio State men’s basketball season will tip Nov. 6 at Value City Arena against the University of Cincinnati, the first meeting between the two intrastate foes in Columbus since a 33-17 Bearcats win Dec. 10, 1921. This season will be the 121st for the Buckeyes.
The game vs. Cincinnati is the second in a home-and-home series that began a year ago at Fifth Third Arena on the UC campus, a 64-56 season-opening win for the Buckeyes Nov. 7, 2018.
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Our 2019-20 Non-Conference schedule is set. The countdown begins…
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Chris Holtmann, now in his third season in Columbus, said playing a demanding slate of games prior to rugged Big Ten play gets underway in earnest will prepare his young squad for the grind of league games and postseason competition.
“As I’ve said, this is an exciting non-conference schedule and certainly the most challenging we’ve been a part of,” Holtmann said. “We have a variety of outstanding teams and programs we will be competing against here in Columbus, on the road and in our neutral-site games. When you combine it with two December Big Ten opponents as part of our 20-game schedule, in a league that I believe will be the deepest in the country again, the schedule provides some outstanding early games for our fans. We look forward to growing as a team through the demands of this schedule.”
In non-conference play, Holtmann’s Buckeyes also will host Villanova in The Gavitt Games, a matchup of Big Ten and Big East teams. That game will be played Nov. 13 at Value City Arena.
Ohio State travels to North Carolina Dec. 4 in the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge this year and will again play in the CBS Sports Classic Dec. 21 in Las Vegas against Kentucky.
Another neutral-site game has the Buckeyes meeting West Virginia Dec. 29 at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland. The game, billed as the Cleveland Classic, is the first meeting between the schools on a neutral court. Ohio State leads the all-time series 9-7.
The Buckeyes returned to historic St. John Arena a year ago on the Friday prior the annual Ohio State vs. Michigan football game. Cleveland State was the opponent, a win for the Buckeyes (89-62) Nov. 23, 2018. Holtmann will again take the Buckeyes across Lane Avenue and the Olentangy River to St. John to take on Kent State Nov. 25.
The Kent State game this year is part of the Ohio State Classic, a multi-team event featuring three home games for Ohio State. The two other games for Ohio State are against Purdue Fort Wayne and Stetson. Those two games will be played at Value City Arena, now in its 22nd year as home to the Buckeyes.
Big Ten Conference regular-season play will start in early December for the third-consecutive season in 2019-20. The complete Big Ten schedule will be announced at a later date.
Ohio State opened the conference regular season a year ago in December at home vs. Minnesota (W, 79-59) and then played at the United Center in Chicago vs. Illinois (77-67). Holtmann is 4-0 in December Big Ten games while coaching at Ohio State. His first league win was at Wisconsin Dec. 2, 2017 (83-58). Ohio State then defeated Michigan in Columbus 71-62 two days later.
The 2019-20 season, the 108th for the Buckeyes as a member of the Big Ten in men’s basketball, marks the second in which the regular-season league title will be determined following a 20-game schedule. The Buckeyes face 10 league opponents at home, and 10 on the road this year.
Ohio State will play Minnesota, Indiana, Michigan, Penn State, Maryland, Wisconsin and Nebraska both in Columbus and on the road (home-and-home) in 2019-20. The Buckeyes travel only to Iowa, Michigan State and Northwestern. Illinois, Purdue and Rutgers will play Ohio State in Columbus only.
Holtmann begins his third season in Columbus after posting a 25-9 overall record in 2017-18 and a 20-15 mark a year ago. Ohio State advanced to the second round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament with a win over Iowa State before falling to Houston. Ohio State has won a game in NCAA Tournament play in each of Holtmann’s two seasons at the helm of the Buckeyes.
Game times and television designations will be announced at a later date for the Ohio State 2019-20 men’s basketball season.
NOTING THE 2019-20 SCHEDULE
2019-20 Ohio State Non-Conference Schedule
30-Wed. Cedarville (Exh.)
10-Sun. UMass Lowell
22-Fri. 2-Purdue Fort Wayne
25-Mon. 2a- Kent State
29-Fri. Morgan State
4-Wed. 3-at North Carolina
17-Tues. Southeast Missouri State
21-Sat. 4-vs. Kentucky
29-Sun. 5-vs. West Virginia
11-15/Wed.-Sun. 6-Big Ten Tournament
1-2019 Gavitt Games, Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
2-2019 Ohio State Classic, Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio
2a-2019 Ohio State Classic, St. John Arena, Columbus, Ohio
3-Big Ten/ACC Challenge, Dean Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
4-CBSSports Classic, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
5-Cleveland Classic, Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland, Ohio
6-2020 Big Ten Tournament, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
Home games in Bold