COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2020-21 Ohio State men’s basketball season will tip Nov. 11 at Value City Arena against Oakland University. The Buckeyes are 2-0 in the series, last facing the Golden Grizzlies Dec. 23, 2010, a 92-63 win for the Buckeyes.
Greg Paulus, an assistant coach with the Buckeyes from 2014-17 after a two-year stint as the Ohio State video coordinator (2012-13), will bring his second edition of the Niagara Purple Eagles to Columbus Nov. 15. He took over the Niagara program just prior to last season.
Another former Ohio State assistant (2005-08), John Groce, is now the head coach at Akron. The Zips travel to Columbus Nov. 19. Ohio State is 7-1 all-time in the series, last facing Akron at Value City Arena March 15, 2016 in the National Invitation Tournament, a 72-63 overtime victory for the Buckeyes.
Groce and Chris Holtmann, head coach of the Buckeyes, both attended Taylor (Ind.) University. Holtmann spent two years as an assistant on Groce’s staff at Ohio University (2009-10).
The Buckeyes will participate in the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas Nov. 25-27. The schedule for that event is not set. Ohio State will play three games over the 2020 Thanksgiving Holiday. The field includes Creighton, Duke, Memphis, Texas A&M, West Virginia, Wichita State, Utah and the Buckeyes.
The annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge will again take place in early December. The matchups have not been set.
The Buckeyes begin Big Ten Conference play in early December with two league games around a Dec. 9 home game vs. Towson University. The league schedule has not been announced. This will be the 109th season of Big Ten Conference play for the Buckeyes.
The CBSSports Classic will pit the Buckeyes against North Carolina Tar Heels Dec. 19. Ohio State defeated UNC a year ago in the 2019 Big Ten/ACC Challenge in Chapel Hill. The location of the 2020 CBSSports Classic has not been finalized.
Morehead State then travels to Value City Arena for a Dec. 22 game before the final game of the non-conference schedule Dec. 30 vs. Alabama A&M.
Times and television designations will be announced at a later date.
Noting Ohio State vs. Ohio teams
Noting the 2020-21 Non-Conference Schedule
2020-21 Ohio State Non-Conference Schedule
25-27-Wed.-Fri. 1-Battle 4 Atlantis (Creighton, Duke, Memphis, Texas A&M, West Virginia, Wichita State, Utah)
1 or 2-Mon./Tues. 2-Big Ten/ACC Challenge
19-Sat. 3-North Carolina
22-Tues. Morehead State
30-Wed. Alabama A&M
10-14 4-Big Ten Tournament
1-Battle 4 Atlantis, Paradise Island, The Bahamas
2-Big Ten/ACC Challenge, TBA
3-CBSSports Classic, TBA
4-2021 Big Ten Tournament, United Center, Chicago
Home games in Bold