The university released its complete 2004-05 schedule late Wednesday afternoon. Some of the highlights include:
* OSU's participation in the season-opening Guardians Classic, a 16-team tournament. OSU will host Towson State in the first game of the Matta era Nov. 15, then host a second-round game the next night. If they win, they would advance to the semis and finals, set for Nov. 23-24 in Kansas City.
* The Buckeyes will play their first game in St. John Arena since February 1998 as they host Chattanooga Nov. 27. The game was moved from Value City Arena because of a scheduling conflict.
* OSU faces a non-conference road games at Clemson (Dec. 1) in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, will travel to Dallas for a clash with Texas Tech (Dec. 16) and will meet Louisiana State (Jan. 15) in Baton Rouge, La., in the middle of the always-difficult Big Ten schedule. ESPN2 will carry the Clemson game, while ESPN will televise the Texas Tech contest.
* St. Joseph's, which spent time as the No. 1 team in the country and was a No. 1-seed in the 2004 NCAA Tournament, will visit Value City Arena New Year's Eve (Dec. 31).
* The Big Ten portion of the schedule begins on the road Jan. 5 in Champaign, Ill., against the Illini. The home opener in league play will be against Iowa Jan. 8.
* Within the Big Ten, OSU will only meet Purdue and Michigan at home and will only see Michigan State and Northwestern on the road.
Matta said the Buckeyes hope to gain experience during November and December as the team gears up for Big Ten play.
"We have a competitive schedule," Matta said. "The non-conference schedule is set to help us prepare for the Big Ten Conference regular season. The league will be as competitive as it's ever been this year. We are looking forward to the challenge."
Again this season, every game will be televised either locally, regionally or to a national audience. Games against Wisconsin in Madison Jan. 11 and vs. Indiana Feb. 15 in Columbus will be televised by ESPN. The final game of the regular season vs. Illinois may be picked up by CBS for a Sunday March 6 telecast.
The remainder of the schedule will be broadcast to a regional (ESPN Regional) or local (ESPN Plus) audience. Local and regional telecasts will be aired on WBNS-TV (Ch. 10), the CBS affiliate in Columbus.
Chicago will be the host city for the annual Big Ten Conference tournament March 10-13. Those games will be aired by ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Plus and CBS.
In 2004-05, the Buckeyes are scheduled to face a total of eight opponents that participated in either the 2004 NCAA Tournament (5) or 2004 postseason NIT (3). Michigan won the 2004 NIT Championship.
Ohio State will play at least 11 games against teams which qualified for postseason competition. That number could rise depending on the teams advancing to Kansas City in the Guardians Classic. Both Missouri and Creighton participated in the 2004 NIT.
Ohio State will play one public exhibition contest vs. Northern Kentucky at 8 p.m. Nov. 9 at Value City Arena. Ohio State and Clemson will meet in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge Nov. 29 at Clemson. The appearance is the fourth for the Buckeyes in the event.
The road game at Texas Tech in Dallas ends the home-and-home series with the Red Raiders. The Buckeyes begin a two-year series with LSU and with St. Joseph's.
Here is the complete 2004-05 Ohio State men's basketball schedule:
Date Day TV Opponent Time (EST) SeriesNovember 9 Tues. ESPN Plus (Exh.) Northern Kentucky 8 p.m. 15 Mon. ESPN Plus Towson Univ. (Guardians Classic) 8 p.m. First Meeting 16 Tues. ESPN Plus vs. TBA (Guardians Classic) 8 p.m. 19 Fri. ESPN Plus Delaware 7 p.m. First Meeting 23 Tues. ESPN Plus at Guardians Classic TBA 24 Wed. ESPN Plus at Guardians Classic TBA 27 Sat. ESPN Plus UT-Chattanooga (at St. John Arena) 8 p.m. 3-1
December1 Wed. ESPN2 at Clemson (ACC/Big Ten Challenge) 7:30 p.m. First Meeting 11 Sat. ESPN Plus Portland State 8 p.m. First Meeting 16 Thurs. ESPN vs. Texas Tech (at Dallas) 9 p.m. 0-1 19 Sun. ESPN Plus Morehead State 1 or 4 p.m. 2-0 22 Wed. ESPN Plus Mercer 8 p.m. First Meeting 28 Tues. ESPN Plus New Hampshire 8 p.m. First Meeting 31 Fri. ESPN Plus St. Joseph's& 8 p.m. 3-0
January5 Wed. ESPN Plus at Illinois& 9 p.m. 59-99 8 Sat. ESPN Regional Iowa# 12:07 p.m. 65-71 11 Tues. ESPN at Wisconsin& 7 p.m. 80-58 15 Sat. ESPN Plus at LSU 8 p.m. First Meeting 19 Wed. ESPN Plus Minnesota& 8 p.m. 74-51 22 Sat. ESPN Plus at Indiana 8 p.m. 69-97 26 Wed. ESPN Plus Penn State 8 p.m. 15-13 29 Sat. ESPN Regional at Northwestern 12:17 p.m. 104-44
February2 Wed. ESPN Plus Purdue# 8 p.m. 72-78 5 Sat. ESPN Regional Michigan# 12:17 p.m. 82-70 9 Wed. ESPN Plus at Michigan State& 8 p.m. 46-57 12 Sat. ESPN Regional at Penn State 5:07 p.m. 15 Tues. ESPN Indiana 7 p.m. 19 Sat. ESPN Plus at Minnesota 8 p.m. 27 Sun. ESPN Plus Wisconsin& 2 p.m. or 4 p.m.
March2 Wed. ESPN Plus at Iowa# 8 p.m. 5 Sat. ESPN Plus/ESPN Illinois& 2:32 p.m./4 p.m. or 6 Sun. CBS Illinois 2 p.m. 10-13 Thurs./Sun. TBA at Big Ten Tournament (United Center, Chicago) TBA
All Times Eastern and subject to change.&-2004 NCAA Tournament Participant #-2004 (Postseason) National Invitation Tournament Participant