COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State announced the 2017-18 non-conference men's basketball schedule Wednesday. The 18-game Big Ten schedule will be released at a later date as will game times and television designations.
Ohio State opens its schedule with four-consecutive home contests, squaring off with Robert Morris Nov. 10, Radford Nov. 12, Texas Southern Nov. 16 and Northeastern Nov. 19. The Buckeyes then travel to Portland, Oregon, for the PK80 Invitational where they will open the event against defending NCAA finalist Gonzaga Nov. 23 before playing either Florida or Stanford Nov. 24. After a total of three games in Portland culminating with a contest Nov. 26, Ohio State returns home to conclude the month against Clemson in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge Nov. 29. The game vs. Northeastern in Columbus is part of the PK80 event.
After two Big Ten games open the second month of the season, Ohio State hosts William and Mary Dec. 9, Appalachian State Dec. 16 and The Citadel Dec. 19. The Buckeyes then take on defending national champion North Carolina in the fourth season of the CBSSports Classic Dec. 23 in New Orleans before concluding non-conference play against Miami (Ohio) Dec. 30 in Columbus.
The Buckeyes, as well as all other Big Ten teams, will play two conference games, one home and one away, in early December because the annual league tournament will be played a week earlier than normal in 2018. The change in schedule allows the conference tournament to be played at Madison Square Garden in New York Feb. 28-March 4.
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Some more notes on the Buckeyes' 2017-18 non-conference opponents:
Texas Southern: Went 23-12 last year, winning the SWAC regular-season and tournament titles ... fell to North Carolina in First Round of NCAA Tournament
Gonzaga: Went 37-2 a season ago, winning its fifth-consecutive WCC regular-season championship to go along with a WCC Tournament crown ... advanced to the NCAA Championship game before falling, 71-65, to North Carolina ... only previous meeting was a 73-66 Buckeye win in the NCAA second Round in 2012 in Pittsburgh
Clemson: Posted a 17-16 record last season, falling to Oakland in the first round of the NIT ... only previous matchup was an 80-73 Clemson victory Dec. 1, 2004
North Carolina: NCAA champions in 2017 went 33-7 and won the ACC regular-season title ... topped Gonzaga, 71-65, in NCAA Championship game ... last meeting vs. the Buckeyes was an 82-74 victory in the CBSSports Classic Dec. 20, 2015 in Chicago
Date Opponent TV Time Series
10-Fri. Robert Morris TBA TBA 3-0
12-Sun. Radford TBA TBA 2-0
16-Thu. Texas Southern TBA TBA First Meeting
19-Sun. 1-Northeastern TBA TBA 0-1
23-Thu. 2-Gonzaga TBA TBA 1-0
24-Fri. 2-Florida/Stanford TBA TBA
26-Sun. 2-TBA TBA TBA
29-Wed. 3-Clemson TBA TBA 0-1
9-Sat. William and Mary TBA TBA First Meeting
16-Sat. Appalachian State TBA TBA First Meeting
19-Tue. The Citadel TBA TBA First Meeting
23-Sat. 4-North Carolina TBA TBA 2-11
30-Sat. Miami (Ohio) TBA TBA 6-2
Home games in Bold // 1-PK80 Invitational, Columbus, Ohio // 2-PK80 Invitational, Portland, Oregon // 3-Big Ten/ACC Challenge, Columbus, Ohio // 4-CBSSports Classic, New Orleans