Ohio State men’s basketball releases 2019-20 non-conference schedule

Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The non-conference schedule for the Ohio State men’s basketball team features eight games in Columbus.

The schedule was released by head coach Chris Holtmann who is entering his third season.

“As I’ve said, this is an exciting non-conference schedule and certainly the most challenging we’ve been a part of,” Holtmann said. “We have a variety of outstanding teams and programs we will be competing against here in Columbus, on the road and in our neutral-site games. When you combine it with two December Big Ten opponents as part of our 20-game schedule, in a league that I believe will be the deepest in the country again, the schedule provides some outstanding early games for our fans. We look forward to growing as a team through the demands of this schedule.”

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The Buckeyes will open the season at Value City Arena against the University of Cincinnati. This is the first time these two schools will meet in Columbus since 1921.

The schedule also includes a home game against Villanova, a road game against North Carolina and natural court games against Kentucky and West Virginia.

Ohio State will return to St. John Arena for one game this season on November 25 to face Kent State.

Big Ten Conference regular-season play will start in early December and will be announced at a later date.

2019-20 Ohio State Non-Conference Schedule


30-Wed. Cedarville (Exh.)


6-Wed. Cincinnati

10-Sun. UMass Lowell

13-Wed. Villanova (2019 Gavitt Games)

18-Mon. Stetson (2019 Ohio State Classic)

22-Fri. Purdue Fort Wayne (2019 Ohio State Classic)

25-Mon. Kent State (2019 Ohio State Classic – St. John Arena)

29-Fri. Morgan State


4-Wed. at North Carolina (Big Ten/ACC Challenge)

17-Tues. Southeast Missouri State

21-Sat. vs. Kentucky (CBSSports Classic, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas)

29-Sun. vs. West Virginia (Cleveland Classic, Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland)