Buckeyes To Host UVA In Conference Challenge

The Buckeyes will face Virginia in the next installment of the ACC-Big Ten challenge.

It has long been a near certainty that the best nonconference home game that Ohio State would play next season would come courtesy of the annual ACC-Big Ten challenge. Now the Buckeyes know their opponent.

First reported by ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, Ohio State will host defending ACC champion Virginia in the conference showdown on Dec. 1.

The Cavaliers finished an impressive 30-4 overall last season and 16-2 in conference play. As a two seed, Virginia was upset in the round of 32 by seventh-seeded Michigan State in the 2015 NCAA tournament. Like the Buckeyes, the Cavaliers lost one of their best players to the NBA draft this offseason as junior Justin Anderson elected to forgo his final season of eligibility.

The Buckeyes are 7-7 all time in the challenge and will look to move above .500 and help the Big Ten secure its second consecutive victory in the event against Virginia next season. With the matchup announced let’s check out what the Cavaliers will be bringing to Columbus.

What Virginia Loses

  • Justin Anderson: 12.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.7 apg.
  • Daron Atkins: 7.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg

Top Returning Cavaliers

  • Guard Malcolm Brogdon: 14 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.4 apg
  • Forward Anthony Gill: 11.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg
  • Forward/Center Mike Tobey: 6.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg

    Who’s Coming In

    • Jarred Reuter: 6-8, 235 pound 3-star center

    While Ohio State’s recruiting haul for the 2015 class dwarfs the reinforcements that the Cavaliers are bringing into the fold, Virginia has little to worry about reinforcing. While the loss of Anderson will hurt, Virginia played well without him towards the end of the season and returns the bulk of a roster that was one of the best and most consistent regular-season teams in the country last year.

    The Buckeyes will be younger, thinner and less experienced than their ACC counterparts, but will have home court advantage. If Ohio State can emerge with a win it would be one remembered by the committee when Selection Sunday comes.


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\r\nThe Cavaliers finished an impressive 30-4 overall last season and 16-2 in conference play. As a two seed, Virginia was upset in the round of 32 by seventh-seeded Michigan State in the 2015 NCAA tournament. Like the Buckeyes, the Cavaliers lost one of their best players to the NBA draft this offseason as junior Justin Anderson elected to forgo his final season of eligibility.\r\n

\r\nThe Buckeyes are 7-7 all time in the challenge and will look to move above .500 and help the Big Ten secure its second consecutive victory in the event against Virginia next season. With the matchup announced let’s check out what the Cavaliers will be bringing to Columbus.\r\n

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