Buckeyes unveil hoops schedule

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- There is no easing into the schedule for a team aiming for another appearance in the Final Four.

Ohio State will open the season with a neutral-site game against an opponent that went to the NCAA Tournament as well last year, and taking on Marquette right off the bat sets the tone for a slate featuring plenty of potential matchups of teams headed to the postseason.

The first against the Golden Eagles is set for Nov. 9 in the Carrier Classic in Charleston, S.C., and the dates were also confirmed for showdowns at Duke (Nov. 28), at home in a rematch against Kansas (Dec. 22) and every conference game with the school releasing the full schedule on Thursday morning.

"Our team has been hard at work since our appearance in the Final Four last March," Buckeyes coach Thad Matta said in a release. "I like the mix of veteran and underclassmen on our roster. They will be challenged throughout the year as we prepare for Big Ten competition.

"Our league will be extraordinary once again, and our team will be tested both in our non-conference and conference schedule."

When combined, the action inside and outside the Big Ten will include at least 14 games against 10 teams that went to the NCAA Tournament last season and five more opponents who appeared in the NIT.

The highlights of the schedule:

  • Nov. 9: Marquette in Charleston, S.C.

  • Nov. 28: at Duke

  • Dec. 22: Kansas

  • Jan. 2: Nebraska (conference opener)

  • Jan. 8: at Purdue

  • Jan. 13: Michigan

  • Jan. 19: at Michigan State

  • Jan. 29: Wisconsin

  • Feb. 5: at Michigan

  • Feb. 10: Indiana

  • Feb. 17: at Wisconsin

  • Feb. 24: Michigan State

  • March 5: at Indiana