Ohio State Releases 2014-15 Non-Conference Basketball Schedule

By Tim Shoemaker on August 18, 2014 at 1:36p

Ohio State released its 2014-15 non-conference men's basketball schedule Monday. The Buckeyes' Big Ten schedule will be released at a later date.

Ohio State will play 13 games outside of the conference beginning Nov. 14 at the Schottenstein Center against UMass-Lowell.

The Buckeyes are scheduled to play at Louisville on Dec. 2 as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and will travel to Chicago to play North Carolina on Dec. 20 as part of the CBS SPORTS CLASSIC. Ohio State will also host Marquette on Nov. 18.

Below is a look at the Buckeyes' full non-conference schedule:

Date Opponent location
Ohio State's 2014-15 Non-Conference Men's Basketball Schedule
Nov. 9 Walsh (exhibition) Columbus, OH
Nov. 14 UMass-Lowell Columbus, OH
Nov. 18 Marquette Columbus, OH
Nov. 23 Sacred Heart Columbus, OH
Nov. 26 Campbell Columbus, OH
Nov. 28 James Madison Columbus, OH
Dec. 2 at Louisville Louisville, KY
Dec. 6 Colgate Columbus, OH
Dec. 10 High Point Columbus, OH
Dec. 13 Morehead State Columbus, OH
Dec. 17 North Carolina A&T Columbus, OH
Dec. 20 vs. North Carolina Chicago, IL
Dec. 22 Miami (OH) Columbus, OH
Dec. 27 Wright State Columbus, OH

The full release from Ohio State can be seen here.



thatlillefty's picture

3 marquee games but the cupcakes are really bad. Colgate, Walsh, Sacred Heart? Give me Cincinnati, Xavier and Dayton.

+4 HS
dubjayfootball90's picture

That would be legit

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

Calgarybuck's picture

Great for the RPI terrible for the W-L

-1 HS
Toilrt Paper's picture

One at a time once a year. You don't want to reward the secondary Ohio programs every year. Make them grovel a little.

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kevdale86's picture

To be fair, Walsh is just the exhibition game.

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TheShookster's picture

Yeah, it would be nice if those cupcakes were replaced by teams with a pulse. At the same time this non-conference schedule is much better than last years. I hope I can make it to the game @ Louisville. Also, I'm sure those cupcakes will provide us with some sensational Sam Thompson throwdowns so I'm not going to complain.

He ain't even stretch doe!!

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Gobucks2204's picture

UMass-Lowell, and High Point? These are two teams I can honestly say I have never heard of.

"Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends"

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JOhio1560's picture

UMass-Lowell is a hockey school, whose basketball team just recently moved to Division 1.  High Point has been in Division 1 for a while now and made the previous tournament.

"You Win With People" - Woody Hayes

Toilrt Paper's picture

NONE ZERO NADA of the top programs in the country play a top 25 team every week. How many of those top 25 programs want Ohio State on their schedule?? It takes two to get it done..If you want a majority of your non-league schedule to be home games to make money, you have to schedule some schools who are willing to take a small pay day to play at the Schott. Ohio State has a young team this year, you don't want them to be beat down by the non-conference schedule; The Big Ten schedule is as physical and difficult as any in the country. 

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CarolinaBuck's picture

Home schedule = shit sandwich

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tennbuckeye19's picture

That comment was sponsored in part by the McDonald's Dollar Menu.

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robobuck's picture


Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.  1 Corinthians 9:24

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Shangheyed's picture

None More BLACK!!!

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Shangheyed's picture

It's a catastrophy!

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robobuck's picture

You should have seen the cover the guys originally wanted. She wasn't sniffing a glove I can tell you that!

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.  1 Corinthians 9:24

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Toilrt Paper's picture

Do we need to list the home schedule  for the top 20 programs to prove that your knowledge is lacking and all have home schedule that = shit sandwich?

PasadenaBuckeye626's picture

It's kinda hard to get excited for some of these teams, but this is what I expected

Go Bucks!

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sbentz4's picture

Looks good to me.  We will probably play at least 5 or 6 ranked teams in the conference not including B1G tourney.  Just keep scheduling a few really good programs that get us ready for the B1G season.  I don't think scheduling a SEC bottom feeder is much better than Sacred Heart or Miami.

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0therion0's picture

Wish I could upvote for the dig at the Old Ball Coach. Bottom SEC teams in basketball... *shudder* like blind toddlers throwing darts at a bee in flight.

I stopped being cool before it was cool to not be cool. #TrendSetter

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ibuck's picture

Hoping there are some teaching moments in all these games, where the youngsters listen & learn.

There definitely will be such moments vs Louisville, Carolina (who can't be as bad as their August record), and hopefully Marquette.

Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !

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

vitaminB's picture

As a proud Campbell Alum I look forward to watching the ass-whooping these boys are going to bestow up on the Fightin' Camels.

robobuck's picture

I know youre an alum but is it the fighting campbells?

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.  1 Corinthians 9:24

vitaminB's picture

It's just the Camels, the fightin' is implied.

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rosenbuck's picture

Not Buzz Williams' Marquette is the best game on the home non-con.  Kinda glad I didn't get season tickets again this year.  I'll go down for a few good B1G games instead.

jhart's picture

Anyone know when tickets for the CBS Sports Classic go on sale?  It would be cool to see them play NC in the United Center...


Found out...http://www.unitedcenter.com/events/2014/12/20/cbs-sports-classic/

Thanks Google!

JOhio1560's picture

Yawn.  Another year, another mediocre men's basketball non-conference schedule.

"You Win With People" - Woody Hayes

awlinBrutus's picture

Pull up some of the other basketball powers and look at their schedules. North Carolina had a good one,Arizona meh,we should have scheduled Wichita State imo. Louisville's schedule is not up but they played Kentucky last year that's it basically. TOSU isn't much different than the rest. Don't forget the BIG is in the top 2 in conference strength every year you can't have a murderers row OOC and be ready for a physical BIG conference slate. This year is better than last year except the game we missed on the carrier because of weather. This schedule is right where it should be,imo. O H.......


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Killer nuts's picture

Ohio State will play 13 games outside of the conference beginning Nov. 14 at the Schottenstein Center against UMass-Lowell....Ohio State will also host Marquette on Nov. 14.

So we play umass-Lowell and Marquette on the same day?

Tim Shoemaker's picture

Made a typo, should be Nov. 18. Fixing now. Thanks.

I'm Ron Burgundy's picture

Yeah, it is to be expected to play just a few marquee games and then all "cupcakes" from there. But the problem with this slate is the vast majority of the cupcakes this year are REALLY bad, like bottom 250-300+ RPI teams. That's going to kill their SOS.  

Whereas last year everybody said they Bucks didn't play anybody in the non-conf, it was only partly true. They played a handful of sneaky decent teams like North Dakota St., Delaware, Ohio U, Bryant and another couple that slip my mind. And generally avoided any really bad teams. The result was a surprisingly strong SOS/RPI heading into conference play.  This a tactic a lot of the mid major conferences deploy to kind of cheat the flawed RPI system. The MVC a few years back and now the Mountain West comes to mind of having a bunch of mediocre teams that play no one, beat no one, and somehow end up with an RPI of 28 at the end of the season.

What does this all mean? Probably nothing, as I hope this new version of the Bucks can really gel and be much closer to a 1-2 seed than on the bubble. Although anything worse than beating Marquette at home and at least splitting the Louisville/UNC games would not be good.

+1 HS
Fuzzbuck's picture

As much as I would like to see a better non conference schedule it isn't going to happen as long as there is this thing called a budget that Gene Smith needs to make work each year. You cannot have big names for a bunch of non conference games as they require a return trip to there place next year and then there is not enough home games to cash flow the budget. Not sure why this is a big discussion every year.

bucksfan92's picture

Marquette, @ Louisville and vs UNC at a neutral site will make this a good tune up for an always tough B1G slate.  There is no need to worry about RPI, believe it or not, everyone else plays a bunch of cupcakes too, it's not like Duke, UNC and the like are playing a full slate of D1 powers in their OOC.  If we win the B1G we will be a 1 seed so RPI is really only a concern for teams on the bubble, which I do not expect we will be any time soon.

And I ordered tickets for the Chicago double header, hope to see a lot of fellow Buckeyes up there!

TLB's picture

And they wonder why the upper level is empty.