Ohio State Finalizes Non-Conference Schedule, Includes Game At St. John Arena

By Colin Hass-Hill on August 12, 2019 at 3:28 pm
Non-conference schedule

Ohio State's non-conference schedule is set, and it includes a game at St. John Arena for the second year in a row.

The Buckeyes will begin the 2019-20 season on Nov. 6 with a game against Cincinnati at the Schottenstein Center, marking the second half of their home-and-home agreement. They'll also take on Villanova (Nov. 13), North Carolina (Dec. 4), Kentucky (Dec. 21) and West Virginia (Dec. 29) in marquee matchups that were previously announced.

One year after facing Cleveland State at St. John Arena, Ohio State will return to the building to face Kent State on Nov. 25.

Home matchups against UMass Lowell (Nov. 10), Stetson (Nov. 18), Purdue Fort Wayne (Nov. 22), Morgan State (Nov. 29) and Southeast Missouri State (Dec. 17) round out the rest of the non-conference portion of the schedule.

“As I’ve said, this is an exciting non-conference schedule and certainly the most challenging we’ve been a part of,” Holtmann said in a statement. “We have a variety of outstanding teams and programs we will be competing against here in Columbus, on the road and in our neutral-site games. When you combine it with two December Big Ten opponents as part of our 20-game schedule, in a league that I believe will be the deepest in the country again, the schedule provides some outstanding early games for our fans. We look forward to growing as a team through the demands of this schedule.”

Ohio State's 2019-20 Non-Conference Schedule
Date Opponent Venue
WED 10/30/19 CEDARVILLE (Exhibition) Value City Arena (Columbus, Ohio)
WED 11/06/19 CINCINNATI Value City Arena (Columbus, Ohio)
SUN 11/10/19 UMASS-LOWELL  Value City Arena (Columbus, Ohio)
WED 11/13/19 VILLANOVA (Gavitt Games) Value City Arena (Columbus, Ohio)
MON 11/18/19 STETSON (Ohio State Classic) Value City Arena (Columbus, Ohio)
FRI 11/22/19 PURDUE FORT WAYNE (Ohio State Classic) Value City Arena (Columbus, Ohio)
MON 11/25/19 KENT STATE (Ohio State Classic) St. John Arena (Columbus, Ohio)
FRI 11/29/19 MORGAN STATE Value City Arena (Columbus, Ohio)
WED 12/4/19 NORTH CAROLINA (Big Ten/ACC Challenge) Dean E. Smith Center (Chapel Hill, North Carolina)
TUE 12/17/19 SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE Value City Arena (Columbus, Ohio)
SAT 12/21/19 KENTUCKY (CBSSports Challenge) T-Mobile Arena (Las Vegas, Nevada)
SUN 12/29/19 WEST VIRGINIA (Cleveland Classic) Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse (Cleveland, Ohio)

As part of the conference schedule, Ohio State will face Minnesota, Indiana, Michigan, Penn State, Maryland, Wisconsin and Nebraska both at home and on the road. It will also take on Iowa, Michigan State and Northwestern on the road and host Illinois, Purdue and Rutgers for games at the Schottenstein Center. The complete schedule of Big Ten games, including dates, has not yet been announced.

Prior to the regular season, the Buckeyes will take on Cedarville in an exhibition game on Oct. 30 at the Schottenstein Center.

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