Ohio State at Louisville in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

By Kyle Rowland on May 1, 2014 at 1:21p

Ohio State will play at Louisville in the 16th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge, ESPN announced Thursday. The game is scheduled for Dec. 2 at the KFC Yum! Center in early December.

Thad Matta is 6-4 in the Challenge, winning five of his past six games. The lone loss came in a 73-68 thriller at Duke during the 2012-13 season. Ohio State has appeared in the Challenge 13 times and fashions a 7-6 record. The Buckeyes are 2-3 on the road.

2014 Big Ten/ACC Challenge
Dec. 1 Nebraska at Florida State
  Rutgers at Clemson
Dec. 2 Syracuse at Michigan
  Ohio State at Louisville
  Pitt at Indiana
  N.C. State at Purdue
  Illinois at Miami
  Minnesota at Wake Forest
Dec. 3 Duke at Wisconsin
  Michigan State at Notre Dame
  Iowa at North Carolina
  Virginia at Maryland
  Georgia Tech at Northwestern
  Virginia Tech at Penn State

Ohio State is 4-3 all-time against the Cardinals. Louisville won the last meeting 72-64 in overtime at Value City Arena on Jan. 4, 2003, a day after the Buckeyes defeated Miami in the Fiesta Bowl to win the national championship. The Louisville game was the second in a home-and-home. The Cardinals won both games.

Louisville, which is entering its first season in the ACC, finished 31-6 last year as members of the American Athletic Conference and were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament in the Sweet 16 by archrival Kentucky. Ohio State was 25-10 and replaces three starters from last year's team — Aaron Craft, Lenzelle Smith Jr. and LaQuinton Ross. The lineup was bolstered by the transfer of Temple power forward Anthony Lee

Ohio State defeated Maryland 76-60 last season in Columbus in the Terrapins’ final season in the ACC.

The ACC and Big Ten split the 2013 Challenge for the second consecutive year. The ACC won the first 10 Challenges and holds an all-time record of 10-3-2. But the Big Ten is 3-0-2 the past five seasons.

Two other non-conference games are known at this point: a home game versus Marquette and neutral-site game with North Carolina at the United Center the weekend before Christmas. The Big Ten/ACC Challenge gives Ohio State three games against quality opponents. 


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TheShookster's picture

This is awesome. Especially on top of the game in Chi-town against UNC. Isn't D'Angelo Russell originally from Louisville? Hope he balls out in that one.

He ain't even stretch doe!!

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tennbuckeye19's picture

Yes, Russell is originally from Louisville.

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tennbuckeye19's picture

I love this. I wasn't sure who OSU would end up playing considering their finish in the conference. But I'm happy to see them playing Pitino's Cardinals. 

And if you've never been to their YUM Center, you should go. It's a really nice venue.

MikeNugents BigToe's picture


"Remember that 55 yarder against Marshall?" -Not Mike Nugent

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Phillips.449's picture

I have really enjoyed the B1G ACC challenge.  The hype around these games have been good for both conferences.

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Johnny-Shane_Utah-Falco's picture
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Shangheyed's picture

And its close to C-BUS!  Go BUCKS!

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TheShookster's picture

So Louisville and North Carolina...do we know any other non-conference matchups yet or just these 2? and obviously the Big Ten schedule has already been released.

He ain't even stretch doe!!

thekornidentity's picture

Oh my god Montrezl Harrell is going to absolutely dominate Amir.

“Nothing that comes easy in this world is worth a damn.” -Woody Hayes

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TheShookster's picture

Who is this Amir Williams you speak of and why does it make me angry to hear his name

He ain't even stretch doe!!

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ohiostbux5's picture

Despite losing to Louisville last time we played them, I was still pretty happy from the night before. 

buckskin's picture

Whoever thought up the B1G-ACC challenge needs a huge raise.  EARLY season marquee match-ups, conference bragging rights, and a chance to gauge your team against top notch competition.  I love this match-up deep in the heart of basketball country. 

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yrro's picture

They should run this concept in every conference, in every sport in the country.

I especially love that it's early season, so you get some great games and great hype... but it doesn't make or break anything. You can come back from a loss or crash from a win.

LouBuck35's picture

As a Buckeye currently stationed in Louisville, this is fantastic news.

Louisville fans are already a little antsy about their schedule.  Have Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Pitt, Virginia, tOSU, Notre Dame and NC State at home. Welcome back to the Big Leagues, Cards.  UCF basketball ain't walkin' through that door.

I want a fall Saturday in Ohio Stadium..

thatlillefty's picture

Damn, i wish we played that kind of schedule. I'd rather play an OOC gauntlet, go .500 and see what our team is made of going into league play, than cruise through a bunch of cupcakes like we did last season.

And shout out to Papa John. I heard something about him getting hammered at a game but that pic is awesome.

Ohio Guy in Jersey's picture

That's UL's conference schedule. OSU's conference schedule should be quite daunting in its own right.

bukyze's picture

I don't know about welcome back to the big leagues.  The Big East was THE dominant conference before all this realignment crap happened.  As for the ACC, it was basically just Duke and UNC.

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LouBuck35's picture

But save for UConn, the ACC is a better conference than the AAC, yes? Hence the welcome back.

I want a fall Saturday in Ohio Stadium..

headina's picture

Papa looks obliterated


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703Buckeye's picture

Drunk on pepperoni and marinara.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

jamesrbrown322's picture

Dude, Bobby Flay has really let himself go!

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

Fuzzbuck's picture

Good start on a schedule-- Now get another major conference home/away set up and get a couple local MAC teams on schedule and maybe everyone will not complain about who we play all year long.

AlwayzABuckeye614's picture

Good deal!

I do think we still need to bolster our schedule more, like playing in pre season tournaments instead of our cupcake 15 game home schedule against weak opponents. Our easy schedule during the preason does not help us at all come NCAA tournament time. 



ScarletNGrey01's picture


and a little scary ...

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

The real battle of I-71.  Sorry UC/X.

Just think, beat Rick Pitino in November and then his son in B1G play...do what TTUN couldn't do a couple seasons ago....I like it.

Class of 2010.

Shangheyed's picture

Not too far away either!!  Go BUCKS!

dwcbuckeye's picture

The guy in the middle of the picture looks like Pappa John the pizza guy.  He is the new Dick Clark - never ages

Buck Commander's picture

That is Papa FUCKIN John baby!!!!!!!!!better ingredients   Better pizza.........PAPA FUCKIN JOHN MAN!!!!!!     He is a legend!

Every time I set my DVR to record Biggest Loser......It always records Wolverine Football Games!