Ohio State will open Fort Myers Tip-Off against Seton Hall

Adam Jardy
The Columbus Dispatch
Ohio State Buckeyes forward E.J. Liddell (32) celebrates his three pointer against forward Justin Ahrens (10) and forward Seth Towns (31) against Illinois Fighting Illini during the second half of their game at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio on March 6, 2021.

The battle of Ohio State men's basketball assistant coach Tony Skinn is officially set.

When the Buckeyes open play in the Fort Myers Tip-Off on November 22, they will do so against Seton Hall, the program where Skinn spent the last three years coaching before coming to Ohio State during this past offseason.

It was a possibility Skinn said he was aware of during a June 24 press conference.

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"That’s so far down the line," he said. "It’s definitely something that’s been brought up. That’s my family. If we end up going to war, it is what it is, but trying to take it one day at a time."

The game against the Pirates will be followed two days later by one against either California or Florida. Fifth-year Ohio State forward Justice Sueing began his college career with the Golden Bears, where he spent two seasons before transferring.

Seton Hall, which went 14-13 last season and was ranked No. 54 by KenPom.com, returns four of its top six scorers.

Skinn won't be the first Ohio State coach in recent history to quickly have to face his former team. After leaving Butler for Ohio State in 2017, coach Chris Holtmann had to face the Bulldogs during the PK80 Invitational in Portland, Oregon.

Butler won that game, 67-66, in overtime.

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