Ohio State hoops to open season with exhibition against Indianapolis

Adam Jardy
The Columbus Dispatch
“One of my favorite all-time players to coach, and definitely the top five smartest players I’ve coached," Chris Holtmann said of Roosevelt Jones.

The final opponent has been filled in for the 2021-22 Ohio State men's basketball schedule.

The Buckeyes will unofficially get coach Chris Holtmann's fifth season with the program underway when they host Division II foe Indianapolis at Value City Arena on November 1.

Holtmann has tried to use his exhibition games to give opportunities to lower-division programs that have some sort of ties to either the program or the state, and there is one with Indianapolis. 

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Roosevelt Jones, who played his final two seasons of college basketball for Holtmann while at Butler, is entering his second season as an assistant coach at Indianapolis. Jones played for Holtmann during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons and was named second-team all-Big East during both seasons.

No teams played preseason exhibition games last season. In 2019, Ohio State hosted Division II opponent Cedarville. In 2018, it was UNC Pembroke, which had former Ohio State coach Eldon Miller on staff as a volunteer assistant. The year prior, it was Wooster, where assistant coach Ryan Pedon played basketball.

The Greyhounds compete in the 15-member Great Lakes Valley Conference.

The Big Ten has announced its pairing for league games this season but not dates. Ohio State will play the likes of Duke, Xavier, Seton Hall and others during its non-conference schedule this season.