Chris Holtmann likes to test his team early in non-conference play with opponents who play different styles, and he couldn't have chosen a more unique team for Ohio State to face next December.
Ohio State will take on West Virginia in a neutral-site game at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Dec. 29, 2019, Eleven Warriors confirmed. Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports first reported the game Thursday morning.
Sources: Ohio State will play West Virginia in a neutral site game at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Sunday December 29th, 2019.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) December 6, 2018
The Mountaineers utilize a full-court press defense that has either led the country, or come close to leading the country, in turnovers the past few seasons. They are 5-3 and unranked this season, but have reached the Sweet Sixteen three of the past four years.
Ohio State will open next season with a home game against Cincinnati, completing the home-and-home series that began with the Buckeyes' season-opening win on the road on Nov. 7. The Buckeyes also will face Kentucky on Dec. 21 in the CBS Sports Classic in Las Vegas. Their opponent in the ACC/Big Ten challenge has not yet been announced.