A return to St. John Arena is among the highlights of the 2018-19 Ohio State men’s basketball nonconference schedule.
In addition to previously announced matchups against Cincinnati, Syracuse, Creighton and UCLA, the Buckeyes will host Cleveland State on Nov. 23 on its former home floor as part of the “Buckeye Basketball Classic.”
That game will be played on Friday, Nov. 23, sandwiched between Thanksgiving and the football team’s annual rivalry game against Michigan.
It will be the first game at the arena since the 2010-11 season, and the sixth game there since Value City Arena opened.
The season officially begins Nov. 7 against the Bearcats at UC’s newly opened arena. Six days earlier, the Buckeyes will host UNC Pembroke in an exhibition game. The Division II program is coached by Ben Miller, the son of former OSU coach Eldon Miller who led the program from 1977-86. Eldon Miller went 174-120 in his tenure and is now a volunteer assistant coach with the Braves.
Ohio State will travel to Creighton to participate in the Gavitt Games, host Syracuse as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge and face UCLA in Chicago as part of the CBSSports Classic.
Here is the entire schedule:
Nov. 1: UNC Pembroke (exhibition)
Nov. 7: at Cincinnati
Nov. 11: Purdue University Fort Wayne (Buckeye Basketball Classic)
Nov. 15: at Creighton
Nov. 18: South Carolina State (Buckeye Basketball Classic)
Nov. 20: Samford (Buckeye Basketball Classic)
Nov. 23: Cleveland State (Buckeye Basketball Classic, at St. John Arena)
Nov. 28: Syracuse (ACC-Big Ten Challenge)
Dec. 15: Bucknell
Dec. 18: Youngstown State
Dec. 22: vs. UCLA (at Chicago; CBSSports Classic)
Dec. 29: High Point
The Big Ten will announce its conference schedule at a later date. The league will go to 20 conference games this season. Teams played two conference games in early December last year, and the two-week break between OSU’s games against Syracuse and Bucknell seems to indicate that a similar schedule is planned for this year.