“We are excited about the challenge of this nonconference schedule,” Holtmann said in a release. “Our hope is that it prepares us for the grind of a 20-game Big Ten season. We believe the schedule includes many exciting matchups that will be tremendous tests and games ‘Buckeye Nation’ will enjoy.”
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The UC matchup is one of three games Ohio State will play against a team from Ohio. The Buckeyes will play host to Cleveland State on Nov. 23 and Youngstown State on Dec. 18.
The game against the Vikings will be played at historic St. John Arena, the first contest for the men’s team at its former home since December 2010.
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Including the Bearcats, Ohio State’s nonconference slate has four teams that made the NCAA tournament last spring.
The Buckeyes play at Creighton on Nov. 15, host Syracuse on Nov. 28 and play UCLA in Chicago on Dec. 22.
Ohio State’s home opener is scheduled for Nov. 11 at Value City Arena against Purdue University-Fort Wayne.