Ohio State was already familiar with its conference matchups and where they will take place during the 2021-22 season, but now the Buckeyes know when each game will happen as well.
The Big Ten announced dates for each of its upcoming intra-league basketball contests Wednesday, including all 20 conference games that had previously been slated for the Ohio State schedule.
|NOV. 1||INDIANAPOLIS (EXHIBITION)||COLUMBUS, OH|
|NOV. 9||AKRON||COLUMBUS, OH|
|NOV. 12||NIAGARA||COLUMBUS, OH|
|NOV. 15||BOWLING GREEN||COLUMBUS, OH|
|NOV. 18||XAVIER||CINCINNATI, OH|
|NOV. 22||SETON HALL||FORT MYERS, FLA.|
|NOV. 24||CAL/FLORIDA||FORT MYERS, FLA.|
|NOV. 30||DUKE||COLUMBUS, OH|
|DEC. 5||PENN STATE||STATE COLLEGE, PA.|
|DEC. 8||TOWSON||COLUMBUS, OH|
|DEC. 11||WISCONSIN||COLUMBUS, OH|
|DEC. 18||KENTUCKY||LAS VEGAS, NEV.|
|DEC. 21||TENNESSEE MARTIN||COLUMBUS, OH|
|DEC. 28||NEW ORLEANS||COLUMBUS, OH|
|JAN. 2||NEBRASKA||LINCOLN, NEB.|
|JAN. 6||INDIANA||BLOOMINGTON, IND.|
|JAN. 9||NORTHWESTERN||COLUMBUS, OH|
|JAN. 13||WISCONSIN||MADISON, WISC.|
|JAN. 16||PENN STATE||COLUMBUS, OH|
|JAN. 22||NEBRASKA||COLUMBUS, OH|
|JAN. 27||MINNESOTA||MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.|
|JAN. 30||PURDUE||WEST LAFAYETTE, IND.|
|FEB. 3||IOWA||COLUMBUS, OH|
|FEB. 6||MARYLAND||COLUMBUS, OH|
|FEB. 9||RUTGERS||PISCATAWAY, N.J.|
|FEB. 12||MICHIGAN||ANN ARBOR, MICH.|
|FEB. 15||MINNESOTA||COLUMBUS, OH|
|FEB. 19||INDIANA||COLUMBUS, OH|
|FEB. 24||ILLINOIS||CHAMPAIGN, ILL.|
|FEB. 27||MARYLAND||COLLEGE PARK, MD.|
|MARCH 3||MICHIGAN STATE||COLUMBUS, OH|
|MARCH 6||MICHIGAN||COLUMBUS, OH|
|MARCH 9-13||BIG TEN TOURNAMENT||INDIANAPOLIS, IND.|
The Buckeyes' home-only matchups this season include Iowa, Michigan State and Northwestern, while Ohio State will play one game apiece on the road against Illinois, Purdue and Rutgers. Ohio State has home-and-home pairings with Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State and Wisconsin on tap as well.
The Buckeyes travel to Penn State on Dec. 5 for their first conference game of the year before taking on Wisconsin at home on Dec. 11, playing Nebraska on the road on Jan. 2 and remaining on the road for a matchup with Indiana on Jan. 5.
The final four Big Ten matchups on the Buckeyes' schedule include away games at reigning conference tournament champion Illinois on Feb. 24 and at Maryland three days later. To close out the regular season, Ohio State has home games against Tom Izzo and Michigan State on March 3 and defending Big Ten regular-season champion Michigan on March 6.
Ohio State plays Michigan twice in the final month of the regular season, as its first meeting with the Wolverines takes place on Feb. 12 in Ann Arbor.
The Big Ten Tournament returns to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis between March 9-13.
The Big Ten first expanded its regular season schedule to 20 games per member school in 2018-19, and the Buckeyes managed to fit a full 20 conference games in last season despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Ohio State went 12-8 to finish fifth in the Big Ten in the regular season, but went all the way to the Big Ten Tournament Championship Game in March, where it took Illinois to overtime in an eventual loss.
Ohio State's first official preseason practice for the 2021-22 season will take place in the final week of September, and the Buckeyes will host Indianapolis for an exhibition game in Columbus on Nov. 1. The season officially begins Nov. 9, when Ohio State opens the new year with an in-state matchup against Akron at the Schottenstein Center.