The Buckeyes will travel to Storrs, Conn., to take on 2013-14 national champion UConn on Dec. 12 before facing off against perennial power Kentucky exactly one week later in Brooklyn, N.Y. In another neutral-site game, Ohio State will battle Memphis in Miami on Nov. 27 as a part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational.
Unlike last season, though, Ohio State also has a top-notch quality opponent at home. As a part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, the Buckeyes will match up against Virginia. The Cavaliers earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament last season but bowed out in the second round with a loss to eventual national semifinalist Michigan State.
The non-conference home schedule does have a few more intriguing options. Louisiana Tech has won a regular-season conference championship three years in a row, and head coach Michael White was recently hired by Florida. VMI attempted the highest percentage of three-point shots (51.7 percent of their shots came from behind the arc) of any team in the country last season, which is quite remarkable considering the Keydets ranked 291st in three-point accuracy. And then there is poor Grambling, which has been the worst Division I team in Ken Pomeroy's ratings for three of the last four seasons, with the one exception coming when it finished 350th out of 351 teams in the 2013-14 season.
The full schedule is as follows:
2015-16 OSU Men's Hoops Non-Conference Schedule
Nov. 15 Mount St. Mary's
Nov. 17 Grambling
Nov. 20 UT Arlington
Nov. 24 Louisiana Tech
Nov. 27 vs. Memphis (at Miami)
Dec. 1 Virginia
Dec. 5 VMI
Dec. 8 Air Force
Dec. 12 at UConn
Dec. 16 Northern Illinois
Dec. 19 vs. Kentucky (at Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Dec. 22 Mercer
Dec. 27 South Carolina State