There’s still a long way to go, but Ohio State’s 2017-18 schedule is starting to take shape.
Earlier this month, CBS Sports college basketball writer Jon Rothstein posted on Twitter that the Buckeyes would host Robert Morris as part of its non-conference schedule. Earlier this week, Rothstein added William & Mary to the docket.
Last season, Robert Morris finished 14-19 overall and was ranked 266th nationally by KenPom.com. William & Mary came in a bit more respectable at 17-14 overall and No. 133 nationally.
Although exact opponents aren’t yet known, the Buckeyes will face some significant early-season challenges this year on the heels of a 17-15 season. Ohio State is one of 16 teams taking part in the Phil Knight Invitational, known as the PK80, in Portland, Oregon. Each team will play three games in four days beginning on Thanksgiving and culminating Nov. 26.
The other teams participating are (last year’s KenPom rankings in parenthesis) Arkansas (35), Butler (25), Connecticut (96), Duke (14), Florida (5), Georgetown (69), Gonzaga (1), Michigan State (40), North Carolina (3), Oklahoma (65), Oregon (10), Portland (280), Portland State (240), Stanford (102) and Texas (70). Ohio State was ranked 73rd.
From there, the Buckeyes will jet back to Columbus to host an ACC team, presumably Nov. 28 or 29, as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. From there, Ohio State will open Big Ten play with a pair of conference games. The league’s postseason tournament will be held a week earlier than usual because it is being played at Madison Square Garden, which is already booked for the final weekend before the NCAA Tournament, forcing the Big Ten to move up the start of conference play.
Ohio State will also participate in the CBS Sports Classic, an annual event played at different locations across the country. This year, the Buckeyes will face defending champion North Carolina in New Orleans on Dec. 23.
Presuming 13 non-conference games will be played, that leaves six still to be announced.