A tough schedule just got tougher.
Ohio State will head on the road this fall to take on North Carolina on Dec. 4 as part of the annual ACC-Big Ten challenge, which pits every team in each conference up for an early season game.
In the non-conference portion of the Buckeyes' 2019-20 schedule, Chris Holtmann has put together a tough test for a young team that will feature seven underclassmen, including four freshmen.
Ohio State will open the season at home against Cincinnati in the second year of the home-and-home series, and it also will host Villanova as part of the Gavitt Games. It'll travel to Las Vegas to take on Kentucky, and it'll face West Virginia in Cleveland on Dec. 29.
The Buckeyes hold a 7-11 record in the ACC-Big Ten challenge, which began in 1999. They have lost the past five years, including a 72-62 loss to Syracuse at home last season. Only two Big Ten teams – Nebraska and Purdue – hold records above .500 in the challenge.