The college football season may just be 14 days away, which means that the college basketball season is getting closer. The Ohio State’s men’s basketball team released their full schedule for the 2017-18 season, with the times of each game set to be unveiled at a later date.
Head coach Chris Holtmann will have his hands full throughout his first season at Ohio State. Whether it’s having to go up against the two teams who were in the national championship last April (North Carolina and Gonzaga), taking on Florida, or the loaded conference schedule, the Buckeyes will have plenty of challenges throughout the season.
While they do play teams like Gonzaga and North Carolina out of conference, all of their tough non-conference opponents are due to tournaments or classics that they are taking part in, and all of which will be on neutral courts. The rest of the out-of-conference schedule is somewhat embarrassing, to say the least. Starting in the 2018-19 season, be sure to stay on the lookout for a much tougher non-conference schedule.
Due to that, during his first press conference in Columbus, Holtmann acknowledged that his team will have a much tougher non-conference schedule going forward. A tough one will only make the team better and prepare them for the Big Ten season along with any postseason tournament.
If the Buckeyes want any shot of participating in the NCAA Tournament, they will have to fight through short turnarounds following tough games and make it through a couple of tough stretches during the Big Ten season.
With an unbalanced conference schedule, Ohio State will only play Illinois, Maryland, Michigan State, and Nebraska at home; they will only go against Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue, and Wisconsin on the road.
- November 5: vs. College of Wooster (Exhibition)
- November 10: vs. Robert Morris
- November 12: vs. Radford
- November 16: vs. Texas Southern
- November 19: vs. Northeastern
- November 23: vs. Gonzaga*
- November 24: vs. Florida/Stanford*
- November 26: TBA
- November 29: vs. Clemson**
- December 2: at Wisconsin
- December 4: vs. Michigan
- December 9: vs. William and Mary
- December 16: vs. Appalachian State
- December 19: vs. The Citadel
- December 23: vs. North Carolina***
- December 30: vs. Miami (Ohio)
- January 4: at Iowa
- January 7: vs. Michigan State
- January 11: vs. Maryland
- January 14: at Rutgers
- January 17: at Northwestern
- January 20: at Minnesota
- January 22: vs. Nebraska
- January 25: vs. Penn State
- January 30: vs. Indiana
- February 4: vs. Illinois
- February 7: at Purdue
- February 10: vs. Iowa
- February 15: at Penn State
- February 18: at Michigan
- February 20: vs. Rutgers
- February 23: at Indiana
- February 28-March 4: Big Ten Tournament****
*Phil Knight 80 Invitational in Portland, Oregon
**Big Ten-ACC Challenge
***CBS Sports Classic in New Orleans, Louisiana
****With the Big Ten Tournament moving to Madison Square Garden, it will take place one week prior to its usual time and one week prior to Selection Sunday for the first time in its history.