We knew that Ohio State only had a few more slots open for their 2014-2015 basketball schedule. Land-Grant Holy Land has learned three more teams that the Buckeyes will face this season, which could round out their schedule for the year. Those squads are Oxford's Miami University, Morehead State, and High Point.
Ohio State is scheduled to face Miami on either Dec. 22 or Dec. 23 of 2014. The schools' contract also states that this game may be played at Nationwide Arena, where the Buckeyes have not played since 2011. The Buckeyes' opponent in that one? The Miami RedHawks. Miami will receive a $95,000 guarantee for the contest.
Playing a regular season game at Nationwide would appear to satisfy an NCAA requirement that a tournament hosting site also host a regular season game. Nationwide Arena will be host NCAA Tournament games this year on March 20th and 22nd.
The RedHawks struggled last season to a 13-18 record, and were one of the worst scoring and rebounding teams in the country. Miami had a KenPom ranking last season of No. 226, and an RPI of 161. Ohio State beat Miami in that last meeting during the 2011-2012 season, 69-40.
Ohio State will host Morehead State on Dec. 13, 2014, and will pay a $90,000 guarantee. The Eagles, out of the Ohio Valley Conference, were a respectable 20-14 last year, and is probably best known to basketball fans as the alma mater of Denver Nuggets big man Kenneth Faried. Faried went for 15 and 12 against Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas' Buckeyes back in a Nov. 23, 2010 64-45 loss to OSU. Morehead lost in the first round of the CBI last year to Illinois State, had a KenPom ranking of 180, and an RPI of 139.
Finally, Ohio State will host the High Point Panthers on Dec. 10, 2014, and will pay a $90,000 guarantee for the game. High Point had a KenPom ranking of 228 and an RPI of 172, and qualified for the NIT, thanks to having the best regular conference record in the Big South last season. The Panthers lost 88-81 in the first round to Minnesota.
Land-Grant Holy Land has also learned that the previously scheduled game with Wright State will be played on either Dec. 27, or Dec. 28.
That means, the 2014-2015 Ohio State basketball non-conference schedule looks like this:
Nov. 14 -- UMass-Lowell
Nov. 18 -- Marquette
Nov. 23 -- Sacred Heart
Nov. 26 -- Campbell
Nov. 28 -- James Madison
Dec. 2 -- at Louisville
Dec. 6 -- Colgate
Dec. 10 -- High Point
Dec. 13 -- Morehead State
Dec. 20 -- North Carolina (Chicago, IL)
Dec. 22 or Dec. 23 -- Miami (OH) (May potentially be at Nationwide Arena)
Dec. 27 or Dec. 28 -- Wright State
It is possible Ohio State adds one more game to the mix, but other than finalizing the dates for Miami and Wright State, that should be the schedule for Ohio State before Big Ten play starts.