June 3, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach, announced the Buckeyes’ non-conference slate for the 2015-16 season Wednesday. The 18-game Big Ten Conference schedule will be released at a later date.
Ohio State takes on Memphis Nov. 27 in Miami, Fla., before a contest against Virginia in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge highlights the home slate Dec. 1. The Buckeyes travel to UConn Dec. 12 and also have a matchup against Kentucky Dec. 19 in the CBS SPORTS CLASSIC in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The neutral-site game against Memphis at American Airlines Arena concludes the Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational in which the Buckeyes also host Grambling, UT Arlington and Louisiana Tech.
Ohio State’s matchup with Virginia will be the Buckeyes’ 14th game all-time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Buckeyes are 6-7 all-time and have won five of their last seven contests in the Challenge.
After the game at UConn, which is the first game of a home-and-home series between the two schools, Ohio State faces Kentucky in the second year of the three-year CBS SPORTS CLASSIC. The event also pits North Carolina against UCLA at Barclays Center. The Buckeyes, who fell to North Carolina last year in Chicago, finish the three-year event against UCLA in 2016 in Las Vegas.
The Buckeyes open the regular season against Mount St. Mary’s Nov. 15 followed by the games against Grambling, UT Arlington, Louisiana Tech and Memphis in the Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational. After the ACC/Big Ten Challenge game against Virginia, Ohio State welcomes VMI and Air Force to Value City Arena, Dec. 5 and Dec. 8, respectively, before traveling to UConn Dec. 12. After a home matchup with Northern Illinois Dec. 16 and the neutral-site meeting with Kentucky Dec. 19, Ohio State concludes the non-conference slate against Mercer Dec. 22 and South Carolina State Dec. 27.
“As I look at this schedule we will be challenged on the road, at home and on neutral courts,” Matta said. “With the youthfulness of this team, I believe it will help us prepare for Big Ten play.”
The Big Ten announced the league’s 2016 conference schedule of opponents Feb. 19. Next year, Ohio State will play Illinois, Maryland, Michigan State, Northwestern and Rutgers both home and away. The Buckeyes will travel only to Indiana, Nebraska, Purdue and Wisconsin. Single home games will be against Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Penn State. Dates and times for these games have not been determined.
Matta’s first win in 2015-16 will be his 300th at Ohio State after ending the 2014-15 season with 299 victories. Matta became the winningest coach in program history when he recorded his 298th victory March 12 against Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament.
Game times with television designation will be announced at a later date.
2015-16 season tickets for new buyers are on sale now. For more information in regard to seat locations available and pricing, contact the Ohio State athletics ticket sales department by calling 1-800-GOBUCKS (select option 2). Fans will be directed to an account executive who can discuss seating options over the phone or schedule a time to tour the Jerome Schottenstein Center to pick out seats.
Fans interested in becoming a NEW season ticket holder for the 2015-16 season are invited to schedule an appointment with the ticket sales team or come down to the Schottenstein Center June 22nd-June 24th between 3-7 p.m. to view seating options available for Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball and Men’s Ice Hockey season tickets. The Athletic Ticket Sales Team can be reached by calling 1-800-GoBucks (select option 2) or email AthleticSales@osu.edu.
2015-16 Ohio State Men’s Basketball Non-Conference Schedule
Nov. 15 — Mount St. Mary’s
Nov. 17 — 1-Grambling
Nov. 20 — 1-UT Arlington
Nov. 24 — 1-Louisiana Tech
Nov. 27 — 2-vs. Memphis (American Airlines Arena)
Dec. 1 — Virginia
Dec. 5 — VMI
Dec. 8 — Air Force
Dec. 12 — at UConn
Dec. 16 — Northern Illinois
Dec. 19 — 3-vs. Kentucky (Barclays Center)
Dec. 22 — Mercer
Dec. 27 — South Carolina State
1-Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational, Columbus, Ohio
2-Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational, Miami, Fla.
3-CBS SPORTS CLASSIC, Brooklyn, N.Y.
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