Ohio State Reveals 26-Game Basketball Schedule One Week Before Season Begins

By Colin Hass-Hill on November 18, 2020 at 5:36 pm
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A week before tipping off the season, Ohio State revealed its 2020-21 men's basketball schedule. Unlike a usual 31-game regular season, NCAA rules mandating fewer games mean it has set up six non-conference games and will participate in a 20-game conference season.

The Buckeyes will open the season at home against Illinois State on Nov. 25. The game will tip off at 2 p.m. and will be shown on ESPN2 or ESPNU. The rest of the non-conference slate begins home contests with UMass-Lowell (Nov. 29, 4 p.m., BTN), Morehead State (Dec. 2, 5 p.m., BTN) and Alabama A&M (Dec. 5, TBD, BTN or BTN+). It also features a trip to South Bend, Indiana, to face Notre Dame in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 8 and a matchup with North Carolina in Cleveland on Dec. 19.

Ohio State will open conference play at Purdue on Dec. 16 and conclude it with a home game versus Illinois on March 6.

Ohio State's 2020-21 Schedule
Date Opponent Venue
WED 11/25/20 ILLINOIS STATE Value City Arena (Columbus, Ohio)
SUN 11/29/20 UMASS-LOWELL Value City Arena (Columbus, Ohio)
WED 12/2/20 MOREHEAD STATE Value City Arena (Columbus, Ohio)
SAT 12/5/20 ALABAMA A&M Value City Arena (Columbus, Ohio)
TUE 12/8/20 NOTRE DAME (Big Ten/ACC Challenge) Joyce Center (South Bend, Indiana)
WED 12/16/20 PURDUE Mackey Arena (West Lafayette, Indiana)
SAT 12/19/20 NORTH CAROLINA (CBS Sports Classic) Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse (Cleveland, Ohio)
FRI 12/13/20 RUTGERS Value City Arena (Columbus, Ohio)
SAT 12/26/20 NORTHWESTERN  Welsh-Ryan Arena (Evanston, Illinois)
WED 12/30/20 NEBRASKA Value City Arena (Columbus, Ohio)
SUN 1/3/21 MINNESOTA Williams Arena (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
WED 1/6/21 PENN STATE Value City Arena (Columbus, Ohio)
SUN 1/9/21 RUTGERS Rutgers Athletic Center (Piscataway, New Jersey)
WED 1/13/21 NORTHWESTERN Value City Arena (Columbus, Ohio)
SAT 1/16/21 ILLINOIS State Farm Center (Champaign, Illinois)
SAT 1/23/21 WISCONSIN Kohl Center (Madison, Wisconsin)
WED 1/27/21 PURDUE Value City Arena (Columbus, Ohio)
SUN 1/31/21 MICHIGAN STATE Value City Arena (Columbus, Ohio)
THU 2/4/21 IOWA Carver–Hawkeye Arena (Iowa City, Iowa)
MON 2/8/21 MARYLAND Xfinity Center (College Park, Maryland)
SAT 2/13/21 INDIANA Value City Arena (Columbus, Ohio)
THU 2/18/21 PENN STATE Bryce Jordan Center (University Park, Pennsylvania)
SUN 2/21/21 MICHIGAN Value City Arena (Columbus, Ohio)
THU 2/25/21 MICHIGAN STATE Breslin Center (East Lansing, Michigan)
SUN 2/28/21 IOWA Value City Arena (Columbus, Ohio)
SAT 3/6/21 ILLINOIS Value City Arena (Columbus, Ohio)
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