June 24, 2021

Ohio State Heads to Xavier Nov. 18 as Part of 2021 Gavitt Games


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State will travel just over 100 miles south to take on Xavier on November 18 as part of the 2021 Gavitt Games. This will be just the fifth all-time meeting between the two in-state programs.

Time and television (FS1 or BTN) will be announced at a later date.

“What the Gavitt Games have done at the start of the college basketball season, and honoring the late great Dan Gavitt, has been tremendous for our game,” said Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann. “It has provided a number of really great matchups and this year is no exception. Xavier is a tremendous program with a rich history and passionate fan base. Playing against a good, well-coached team in that environment early in the season will be great for our 2021-22 team.”

Ohio State won each of the first two meetings, which were both played at Xavier, during the 1932-33 and 1934-35 seasons. Xavier won the postseason NIT meeting in 1984 and then the Buckeyes claimed a memorable 78-71 overtime win in the second round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament in Lexington, Ky. Ron Lewis’ three-pointer late in regulation tied the game and ultimately was the catalyst for the Buckeyes’ Final Four run and its appearance in the national championship game.

This is the fourth time Ohio State has played in the event and the sixth year overall for the games between the Big Ten and Big East. Last year, the conferences announced a mutually agreed upon decision to cancel the 2020 edition due to scheduling adjustments and timing issues presented by the delayed start to the college basketball season.

The event honors Dave Gavitt, founder of the Big East and basketball visionary. Ohio State is 3-0 in its prior appearances in the Gavitt Games, defeating Providence (72-67) on Nov. 17, 2016 at Value City Arena, Creighton (69-60) on Nov. 15, 2018 in Omaha, Nebraska, and Villanova (76-51) on Nov. 13, 2019 at Value City Arena.

The rest of Ohio State’s non-conference schedule will be announced later this summer.