Since taking the Ohio State job, Chris Holtmann has often spoken of engaging with the university and growing the student section at home games.

Now Ohio State is putting its money where his mouth is. Today, the men’s basketball coach announced on the official student section’s Twitter page that all students can claim one free ticket to the Nov. 29 game against Clemson as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

“Every student will be able to enjoy the game for free,” he says in the video clip. “If you bring the same passion and energy that I’ve seen from you all fall, I know our team will respond and we can continue to build something special for Ohio State basketball. We hope to see you Nov. 29 against Clemson.

“Come pack the Nuthouse, and go Bucks.”


— The NutHouse (@BuckeyeNutHouse) November 17, 2017

Students can claim their ticket by clicking here:

In response to a question, the Nuthouse account also posted that while students could buy a ticket package that included the Clemson game, the cost of the game was not part of the package.

Earlier this week, Holtmann handed out free food to students at a local restaurant that is also an Ohio State sponsor. He was asked about his efforts to engage the student body Thursday afternoon and said he is planning on presenting some ideas for further engagement once he gets through his first season.

“I’m going to work extremely hard and our staff’s going to work extremely hard to continue to connect with our student body and get to know them and I know our players are going to work hard to try to represent them well for when they come out for game night,” Holtmann said. “Doesn’t mean we’re going to be perfect. Doesn’t mean we’re not going to have some disappointing nights, but hopefully they’ll feel connected when they come and watch us and when they get to know our guys on campus. That’s as big a thing as anything.”

In three home games this season, Ohio State has averaged 10,512 fans at Value City Arena.