Ohio State will open the men’s basketball season at home against Cincinnati on Nov. 6 in a game that has been on the books for more than a year.

Now we also know that the regular season will end at Michigan State on March 8, bookending what figures to be one of the most challenging Ohio State men’s basketball schedules in recent years. The Big Ten announced dates for all conference games Friday afternoon, giving Ohio State its complete 2019-20 schedule.

For a third straight year, the Big Ten will play two conference games in December before resuming league play in the new year. For the Buckeyes, that means a Big Ten opener at home against Penn State on Dec. 7 followed by final exams and then a road game against Minnesota on the 15th. It marks a second consecutive season in which one of Ohio State’s December conference games has included the Golden Gophers.

The game against the Spartans, who are a preseason favorite to be the top-ranked team in the nation, is the only meeting between the schools this year. With a 20-game conference schedule, each team plays a home-and-home series with seven teams, has three teams it plays only at home and three others solely on the road.

The Buckeyes will Minnesota, Indiana, Michigan, Penn State, Maryland, Wisconsin and Nebraska twice. Iowa, Michigan State and Northwestern will host the Buckeyes but not come to Value City Arena while Ohio State will host but not travel to face Illinois, Purdue and Rutgers.

Oddly enough, that means the Buckeyes will close the regular season with consecutive games against teams they face just once: senior night at home against Illinois on March 5 and then at Michigan State three days later.

The Big Ten also announced dates for all women's basketball conference games Friday. The Ohio State women's 18-game Big Ten schedule begins and ends with Purdue. The Buckeyes open conference play at home against the Boilermakers on Dec. 28 and end it Feb. 29 in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Here are the men's and women's schedule. Game times and television broadcast information will be announced at a later date.

MEN

October

30 – Cedarville (exhibition)

November

6 – Cincinnati

10 – UMass Lowell

13 – Villanova (Gavitt Games)

18 – Stetson

22 – Purdue Fort Wayne

25 – Kent State (at St. John Arena)

29 – Morgan State

December

4 – at North Carolina (ACC-Big Ten Challenge)

7 – Penn State

15 – at Minnesota

17 – Southeast Missouri State

21 – vs. Kentucky (CBSSports Classic, Las Vegas)

29 – vs. West Virginia (at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland)

January

3 – Wisconsin

7 – at Maryland

11 – at Indiana

14 – Nebraska

18 – at Penn State

23 – Minnesota

26 – at Northwestern

February

1 – Indiana

4 – at Michigan

9 – at Wisconsin

12 – Rutgers

15 – Purdue

20 – at Iowa

23 – Maryland

27 – at Nebraska

March

1 – Michigan

5 – Illinois

8 – at Michigan State

WOMEN

November

3 – Urbana (exhibition)

10 – Valparaiso (Ohio Hall of Fame Challenge at Wittenberg)

13 – Cincinnati

17 – Ohio

21 – at Kent State

24 – Connecticut

29 – South Dakota (South Point Shootout, Las Vegas)

30 – Northern Iowa (South Point Shootout, Las Vegas)

December

5 – Louisville (ACC-Big Ten Challenge)

8 – Radford

15 – at Stanford

17 – at Sacramento State

28 – Purdue

31 – at Minnesota

January

6 – at Maryland

9 – Michigan

12 – Penn State

16 – at Michigan State

19 – Illinois

23 – at Iowa

30 – Maryland

February

2 – at Nebraska

6 – at Illinois

9 – Wisconsin

13 – Minnesota

16 – at Indiana

19 – Nebraska

22 – at Rutgers

25 – Northwestern

29 – at Purdue

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