The Big Ten unveiled its men's basketball conference schedule Thursday.
Ohio State opens Big Ten play against Rutgers at home on Dec. 8, and closes out the regular season on the road in East Lansing for a matchup with Michigan State on March 4. Before Ohio State's second matchup with the Spartans, the Buckeyes will play three straight conference games at home prior to the regular-season finale, which could give OSU a boost headed into postseason play.
|DEC. 8||RUTGERS||COLUMBUS, OH|
|JAN. 1||NORTHWESTERN||EVANSTON, IL|
|JAN. 5||PURDUE||COLUMBUS, OH|
|JAN. 8||MARYLAND||COLLEGE PARK, MD|
|JAN. 12||MINNESOTA||COLUMBUS, OH|
|JAN. 15||RUTGERS||PISCATAWAY, NJ|
|JAN. 18||NEBRASKA||LINCOLN, NE|
|JAN. 21||IOWA||COLUMBUS, OH|
|JAN. 24||ILLINOIS||CHAMPAIGN, IL|
|JAN. 28||INDIANA||BLOOMINGTON, IN|
|FEB. 2||WISCONSIN||COLUMBUS, OH|
|FEB. 5||MICHIGAN||ANN ARBOR, MI|
|FEB. 9||NORTHWESTERN||COLUMBUS, OH|
|FEB. 12||MICHIGAN STATE||COLUMBUS, OH|
|FEB. 16||IOWA||IOWA CITY, IA|
|FEB. 19||PURDUE||WEST LAFAYETTE, IN|
|FEB. 23||PENN STATE||COLUMBUS, OH|
|FEB. 26||ILLINOIS||COLUMBUS, OH|
|MARCH 1||MARYLAND||COLUMBUS, OH|
|MARCH 4||MICHIGAN STATE||EAST LANSING, MI|
The Buckeyes' lone matchup with Michigan is slated for Feb. 5 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State went 1-1 against the Wolverines a year ago, with each team winning a game against its archrival on the road.
Ohio State plays the bulk of its conference schedule in January (nine games) and February (eight games), with a road matchup against Northwestern slated for New Year's Day and a meeting with Michigan State in Columbus taking place on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 12).
The Buckeyes went 12-8 in conference play a year ago to finish the regular season in sixth place in the Big Ten. Ohio State failed to make a second straight trip to the Big Ten Tournament championship game, as the Buckeyes were bounced from the tournament in their first matchup against No. 11 seed Penn State.
This year's Big Ten Tournament will take place from March 8-12 in Chicago. Ohio State hasn't won a regular-season conference crown since 2012, and the Buckeyes haven't won the Big Ten Tournament since 2013.
Ohio State takes on Chaminade in an exhibition matchup at home on Nov. 1, and officially begins its 2022-23 season against Robert Morris in Columbus on Nov. 7.
The Buckeyes also have nonconference contests scheduled against Charleston Southern, Eastern Illinois, San Diego State, Cincinnati/Arizona (Maui Invitational), Duke, St. Francis, North Carolina, Maine and Alabama A&M in the season to come.