Ohio State Men's Basketball Schedule

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Men's Basketball
Men's Basketball Announced
From Ohio State Press Release

Thad Matta
Photo by Dan Harker
Thad Matta

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Thad Matta, now in his eighth season as head coach of the Ohio State men's basketball team, has put together one of the nation's top 2011-12 schedules for a squad composed of 11 underclassmen and one senior, guard William Buford.

Every Ohio State game will appear on national television in 2011-12. The Big Ten Network, CBS and the ESPN family of networks will showcase the Buckeyes throughout the season.

Ohio State has won each of the last two Big Ten regular-season and postseason tournament titles and Matta believes the 2011-12 schedule will help his current squad prepare for a run at a three-peat.

"There is no doubt that we have a challenge ahead of us," Matta said.

"Once again, we will be playing some of the top teams in the country in both the non-conference and Big Ten. I believe our players and fans are excited about what lies ahead."

Another trip will be a new experience for the Ohio State program with Nebraska joining the Big Ten this year. The Cornhuskers will play host to the Buckeyes Jan. 21 in Lincoln.

Also highlighting to the non-conference schedule will be a matchup against Lamar Dec. 20 at VCA. The Cardinals are coached by Pat Knight, who is in his first year with the program after a stint at Texas Tech, where he took over for his father Bob Knight, the all-time winningest coach in college basketball history with 902 victories.

Bob Knight, a member of Ohio State's 1960 National Championship squad, will be on hand for the Lamar game and will be recognized publicly for his contributions to the college game and his induction into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in November.

The Buckeyes also will play a game Dec. 22 at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus. Ohio State will take on Miami (Ohio) as a preview to the NCAA Second and Third Round games at Nationwide in March. As the host school, Ohio State is required to play a game at the venue during the regular season. The Buckeyes are not eligible to play at Nationwide should the Buckeyes qualify for the NCAA tournament this year.

The Buckeyes, who earned the outright Big Ten regular-season title a season ago with a 16-2 league mark, aim for their fifth league crown under Matta's direction. The conference returned to the lengthier conference schedule in 2008 after playing a 16-game schedule from 1998-2007. With Nebraska joining the league, the Buckeyes will take on seven league foes twice while playing Penn State and Purdue once each at home and taking on Iowa and Minnesota once each on the road.

Ohio State will play at least 13 games this season vs. nine teams that played in the 2011 NCAA Tournament with five of those games taking place away from Columbus. The Big Ten/ACC Challenge will again be part of the Ohio State schedule. The Buckeyes welcome Duke Nov. 29 to Value City Arena for a 9:30 p.m. ET tip on ESPN.

Ohio State opens the regular season Nov. 11 against Wright State at Value City Arena. That game kicks off the Global Sports Shootout event, which includes home games vs. Florida (Nov. 15), Jackson State (Nov. 18) and North Florida Nov. 21. The Florida game will be part of ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon and will tip at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2 from VCA.

2011-12 Ohio State Men's Basketball Schedule

Date Opponent Time TV Series
Nov. 6 WALSH (exhibition) 2 p.m. BTN.com
Nov. 11 1-WRIGHT STATE 9 p.m. BTN 2-0
Nov. 15 1-FLORIDA 8 p.m. ESPN2 5-4
Nov. 18 1-JACKSON STATE 7:30 p.m. BTN 0-0
Nov. 21 1-NORTH FLORIDA 8:30 p.m. BTN 0-0
Nov. 25 VALPARAISO 6:30 p.m. BTN 1-0
Nov. 29 2-DUKE 9:30 p.m. ESPN 2-3
Dec. 3 TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN Noon BTN.com 0-0
Dec. 10 at Kansas 3:15 p.m. ESPN 3-4
Dec. 14 SOUTH CAROLINA-UP STATE 7:30 p.m. BTN 0-0
Dec. 17 at South Carolina Noon ESPN 2-1
Dec. 20 LAMAR 8:30 p.m. BTN 0-0
Dec. 22 3-MIAMI (Ohio) 8:30 p.m. BTN 4-1
Dec. 28 NORTHWESTERN 5:30 p.m. BTN 109-45
Dec. 31 at Indiana 6 p.m. ESPN2 74-99
Jan. 3 NEBRASKA 6:30 p.m. BTN 4-2
Jan. 7 at Iowa 3 p.m. BTN 69-73
Jan. 10 at Illinois 9 p.m. ESPN 64-99
Jan. 15 INDIANA 1:30/4:30 p.m. CBS
Jan. 21 at Nebraska 8 p.m. BTN
Jan. 25 PENN STATE 6:30 p.m. BTN 27-12
Jan. 29 MICHIGAN 1 p.m. CBS 90-71
Feb. 4 at Wisconsin 2 p.m. ESPN/2 82-65
Feb. 7 PURDUE 9 p.m. ESPN 76-83
Feb. 11 MICHIGAN STATE 6 p.m. ESPN 51-58
Feb. 14 at Minnesota 9 p.m. ESPN 78-55
Feb. 18 at Michigan 9 p.m. ESPN
Feb. 21 ILLINOIS 7 p.m. ESPN
Feb. 25 or 26 WISCONSIN 6/4 or 1 p.m. BTN/CBS or ESPN(2)
Feb. 29 at Northwestern 8:30 p.m. BTN
March 4 at Michigan State TBA CBS/ESPN/BTN
March 8-11 4-at Big Ten Tournament TBA TBA

Home games in BOLD CAPS // All Times Eastern and subject to change
1-Global Sports Shootout, Columbus
2-Big Ten/ACC Challenge, Columbus
3-Nationwide Arena, Downtown Columbus

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