Sam Thompson #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes drives to the basket in the first half past Tyler Griffey #42 of the Illinois Fighting Illini and Tracy Abrams #13 of the Illinois Fighting Illini on March 10, 2013 at Value City Arena in …
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COLUMBUS - Ohio State plays Marquette, Maryland and Notre Dame early and closes out the regular season with a big showdown at home against Michigan State on the 2013-14 schedule released Wednesday.
Thad Matta, beginning his 10th season, has led the Buckeyes to three of the last four Big Ten regular-season crowns, and three of the last four conference tournament titles.
The Buckeyes play at Marquette on Nov. 16, host Maryland in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 4 and meet Notre Dame in Madison Square Garden in the Gotham Classic on Dec. 21. They open Big Ten play on New Year's Eve at Purdue.
Ohio State returns starters Aaron Craft, Lenzelle Smith Jr., LaQuinton Ross and Sam Thompson from a team which narrowly missed making consecutive trips to the Final Four.
Nov. 3, Walsh (exhibition), 4 p.m.
Nov. 9, Morgan St., noon
Nov. 12, Ohio University, 8 p.m.
Nov. 16, at Marquette, TBA
Nov. 20, American University, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 25, Wyoming, 7 p.m.
Nov. 29, N. Florida, 5 p.m.
Dec. 4, Maryland (ACC/Big Ten Challenge), 7 p.m.
Dec. 7, Cent. Conn. St., 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 11, Bryant (Gotham Classic), 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 14, N. Dakota St. (Gotham Classic), 8:15 p.m.
Dec. 18, Delaware (Gotham Classic), 7 p.m.
Dec. 21, vs. Notre Dame (at Gotham Classic, MSG), 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 27, Louisiana-Monroe, 7 p.m.
Dec. 31, at Purdue (BT), 1 p.m.
Jan. 4, Nebraska (BT), noon
Jan. 7, at Michigan St. (BT), 9 p.m.
Jan. 12, Iowa (BT), 1/4:30 p.m.
Jan. 16, at Minnesota (BT), 9 p.m.
Jan. 20, at Nebraska (BT), 7 p.m.
Jan. 23, Illinois (BT), 7 p.m.
Jan. 29, Penn St. (BT), 7 p.m.
Feb. 1, at Wisconsin (BT), noon
Feb. 4, at Iowa (BT), 7 p.m.
Feb. 8, Purdue (BT), 6 p.m.
Feb. 11, Michigan (BT), 9 p.m.
Feb. 15, at Illinois (BT), 8 p.m.
Feb. 19, Northwestern (BT), 7 p.m.
Feb. 22, Minnesota (BT), 6/8 p.m.
Feb. 27, at Penn St. (BT), 7 p.m.
March 2, at Indiana (BT), noon/4 p.m.
March 9, Michigan St. (BT), noon/4:30 p.m.
March 13-16, Big Ten Tournament, Indianapolis
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