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The Buckeyes basketball schedule has been released. Starting November 9th, the Buckeyes shall play five teams twice. One game shall be on home turf and the second one would be away. They shall also be playing 8 teams once. The full 31 game schedule is available online
The Buckeyes represent the university in NCAA Division I College Basketball competition. Way back in 1898 is when the Basketball team was formed and since winning their first National Championship in 1960, they’ve made a total of 21 appearances in the NCAA tournaments.
Ohio state boats of basketball greats such as Larry Siegfried, Jessica Davenport, Fred Taylor and Frank Howard among its alumni.
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Thad Matta, the head coach, replaced Jim O’Brien in 2004 and has had a successful run as coach in the past 11 years. Under his guidance, the Buckeyes have won 20+ games in 9 seasons. The team has also made it to the Final Four twice, Sweet Sixteen four times and received a berth at the NCAA tournaments a total of 6 times all thanks to Matta.
The arch rivals of the team are the Michigan Wolverines & Ohio State University holds a 83-70 series lead over them.
The Buckeyes play all their home games in the 19,200 seater Jerome Schottenstein Center which was renovated in 2013. Last season saw the Buckeye’s lose the semi-finals , the team is hoping to fare well this season.
What’s there to complain about?
After the current seasons’ schedule was announced, some fans complained about the schedule strength because of 3 new additions to the states’ non-conference basketball schedule.
The Women’s’ team holds ground too
The Ohio State University’s women’s basketball team also has a notable presence in the Athletics department. With 20 NCAA appearances & 12 (mostly conference) Big Ten titles under their belt, they represented Ohio State in the 2013–14 NCAA Division I women's basketball season.
The team however, did not make it past the semi-finals & lost to Iowa.