Now we’ve obtained the contract for the game, and can confirm the date, and a few other details.
The Buckeyes will host the Tribe on December 9, 2017. Ohio State will pay out a $90,000 guarantee for the matchup. Time and broadcast information is still TBA.
William & Mary was pretty good last season, finishing with an RPI of 112, and a KenPom ranking of 133. If the Tribe can get back into that neighborhood again next season, it’ll provide some nice depth to Ohio State’s computer profile, assuming the Buckeyes are able to get the win.
Here’s what we know about Ohio State’s schedule so far:
Nov 23-Nov 26: PK80 Invitational
Dec 9: William & Mary
Dec 23: vs North Carolina (in New Orleans)
TBA: Robert Morris
TBA: The Citadel
TBA: Big Ten/ACC Challenge (likely in Columbus)
The Buckeyes will not participate in the Gavitt Games next season. I wouldn’t look for another heavyweight to be added to this schedule, but it wouldn’t shock me if Ohio State added a true road game to this slate if they aren’t getting one in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
We’ll have more on the schedule as it develops.