Ohio State Basketball to Play Navy in 2016 Veterans Classic

By D.J. Byrnes on April 11, 2016 at 12:10 pm
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Ohio State fans with ties to the east coast might want to keep the second weekend in November open.

As first reported by CBS Sports, Thad Matta's Ohio State men's basketball team will open its 2016 season against Navy as part of the third annual Veterans Classic double-header in Annapolis on Nov. 11.

Ed DeChellis' Midshipmen went 19-14 last year. This will be the schools' first meeting since February 1932, when the Midshipmen defeated the Buckeyes 35-32.

According to navysports.com, this trip will go beyond basketball:

In addition to the games, the three participating schools will have the rare opportunity to get a glimpse of what life is like as a midshipman at the Naval Academy. The visiting teams will be immersed in the culture and tradition of the Naval Academy, including touring the ‘Yard,’ watching noon meal formation, eating lunch with the Brigade at King Hall, as well as a number of other unique experiences, including military demonstrations and receptions. CBS Sports Network will provide a look at the schools’ visit to the Naval Academy on HOOPS CONFIDENTIAL: VETERANS CLASSIC, a 30-minute all-access show.

“Ohio State basketball is honored to participate in the 2016 Veterans Classic," Thad Matta said in a release. "The opportunity for our team to interact with and compete against Navy will be a meaningful experience for everyone in our program. We have the utmost respect for those who protect our country and for our guys to briefly experience what it’s like to be in service to our nation is invaluable.”

Vanderbilt–Marquette is the second part of the double-header, which will be aired on CBS Sports Network.

For any Buckeye fans making the trip, the Ohio State football team will play Maryland in College Park (a 34-minute commute from Annapolis, according to Google Maps) Saturday, Nov. 12.

Should be quite the weekend.

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