Ohio State to Face Memphis in Miami Doubleheader Set for 2015

By 11W Staff on July 20, 2014 at 7:06a
Ohio State will take on Memphis at Miami's American Airlines Arena in 2015

Photo: Ed Webster

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ESPN's Jeff Goodman is reporting Ohio State will face Memphis as part of a Hall of Fame doubleheader set for Nov. 27, 2015. The other game will feature Kentucky and South Florida.

Besides being a good excuse to trade Columbus for Miami in late November, the matchup should serve as a solid early season test for an Ohio State team that's expected to be quite good in 2015–16. Since taking over five years ago, Josh Pastner, the young, flip-phone wielding coach of the Tigers, has led his team 130 wins, reaching the second round or better in the NCAA Tournament in all but his first season.

Memphis is the second marquee non-conference opponent lined up for Thad Matta's Buckeyes in 2015. Three weeks after the trip to Florida, Ohio State will face Kentucky at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Ohio State and Memphis have met just twice previously. In 1959, the Buckeyes emerged with 94-55 victory in Columbus. Seven years ago, the teams met again, this time in the 2007 NCAA Tournament South Regional Finals in San Antonio.

The No. 1 seed Buckeyes and No. 2 seed Tigers entered that game with identical 33–3 records and had combined for 45-straight wins between the programs. Despite early foul problems, Greg Oden delivered 17 points and nine rebounds, while Ron Lewis chipped in 22 to lead the Buckeyes to a 51-point second half to run away with things, 92–76.

The game was notable for Oden completely shutting down Memphis' Joey Dorsey, holding the forward to zero points after Dorsey made news prior to the game by saying Oden was an “overrated big man.”

Here's the game in its entirety, if you're into reliving things that are great.

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dubjayfootball90's picture

pumped to be fielding some great sports teams in the next several months.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

+1 HS
Fuzzbuck's picture

Thad is lining up some good competition for the future. Maybe some people will get off his butt for soft schedules.

+5 HS
Knarcisi's picture

God bless the unheralded Ron Lewis in 2007. 

+7 HS
ToetotheFace's picture

Didn't he make the Xavier three? CLASSIC, classic game, definitely the best of that run to the championship game.

+1 HS
Knarcisi's picture

Yep. 27 vs X, 25 vs Tenn, 22 vs Memphis 

MauricXe's picture

i miss those guys.

jamar butler is probably one of my fav buckeyes.

+3 HS
Shangheyed's picture

Brooklyn game against Kentucky will be insane.

+1 HS
tennbuckeye19's picture

Nice. This should give OSU 3 quality non-conference opponents for 2015-16, with Kentucky, Memphis, and whoever they will play in the ACC/B1G Challenge. I like it.

+1 HS
mr.green's picture

The 27th would be the day before The Game. Should be a good weekend.

ibuck's picture

It was great seeing that game again—especially without commercials. 

Conley and Oden and Cook, sure. Butler and Lighty and Lewis, oh my! Othello too.

That was a very good Memphis team. Kudos to Matta for steadying the Bucks after being up by 8, and then down by 5. Who says he can't coach during the game !

Our honor defend, we will fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

bukyze's picture

Why yes, I AM into reliving things that are great.

+2 HS
ToetotheFace's picture

I'm glad to see OSU is getting good competition on the schedule, last year was disappointing and even though they can't see everything ahead of time it was still an underwhelming lineup of games. It is almost always good to get stiff competition early, even if the team loses it prepares them for the Big Ten. Memphis will almost certainly be around the top 25 that year.   

MN Buckeye's picture

Stupid post, sorry.