Ohio State to Host Oakland in 2020-21 Season Opener

By Dan Hope on April 6, 2020 at 11:29 am
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Ohio State's season opener for the 2020-21 season is set.

The Buckeyes will begin next season with a non-conference home game against Oakland, a source confirmed to Eleven Warriors on Monday. The news was first reported by CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein.

A date for the season opener at the Schottenstein Center has not yet been finalized, but Oakland athletic director Steve Waterfield told The Detroit News that the game will take place on Nov. 10 or 11 and that Ohio State will pay Oakland $95,000 for the trip to Columbus.

Oakland, which is located in Auburn Hills, Michigan, plays in the Horizon League and is coming off a 14-19 season. The Golden Grizzlies last won a conference championship (regular season) in 2016-17 and last appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2010-11.

The rest of Ohio State's schedule for the 2020-21 season has not yet been announced, but Chris Holtmann confirmed on his radio show last month that the Buckeyes will also host Akron in a non-conference game next season. Additionally, the Buckeyes are set to participate in the Battle 4 Atlantis, a November tournament in the Bahamas that will also feature Creighton, Duke, Memphis, Texas A&M, Utah, West Virginia and Wichita State.

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