The Big Ten-ACC Challenge has provided some of Ohio State’s most marquee non-conference games for the past few seasons. For the 2015-16 Buckeyes basketball team, that will be true once again.
According to Brett McMurphy of ESPN, the Buckeyes will host ACC power Virginia in the upcoming Big Ten-ACC Challenge, on December 1.
ACC-B1G hoops challenge: Maryland at UNC, Indiana at Duke, UL at MSU, UVa at Ohio St., ND at Illinois, Wis. at Syracuse
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) May 13, 2015
The Cavaliers, who went 30-4 and earned themselves a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament last season, are expected to be in the preseason top 10 come fall. Although they lost one of their best players in Justin Anderson, they are expected to compete for a conference title with both Duke and North Carolina, who are mainstays atop the ACC. With a swarming defense, the Cavaliers will be a big test early in the season for a young Ohio State team.
Ohio State is 3-1 all-time against Virginia, with the Cavaliers winning the most recent matchup in 1981, 89-73.
Other high-profile matchups for the Buckeyes include neutral site games against Memphis and Kentucky and a road game at UConn. With four tough opponents in the non-conference schedule and what always seems to be a vigorous Big Ten schedule, the young Buckeyes will be tested all season long.
Although the schedule has not been set yet, here are the rest of Ohio State’s opponents that are set for the 2015-16.
Home: Mount St. Mary’s, VMI, Air Force, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Penn State
Away: Indiana, Nebraska, Purdue, Wisconsin
Both Home and Away: Illinois, Maryland, Michigan State, Northwestern, Rutgers
This major out of conference matchup should be one of, if not the toughest Buckeye games of the season. Out of state fans of either team can use Hipmunk.com to book flights to Columbus as any college basketball fan’s No. 1 travel resource. Hotels near Ohio State University can be reserved as well, including three options with rates starting under $70.