As the football schedule for 2022 was being pieced together, the 2018 schedule for the Ohio State Buckeyes basketball team also saw an addition. Per CBS Sports college basketball insider Jon Rothstein, the Buckeyes will host the Syracuse Orange in the 2018 edition of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
Ohio State will host Syracuse in the 2018 ACC/Big Ten Challenge, per a source.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 31, 2018
For the Buckeyes, their non-conference slate of games on the hardwood includes some tough opponents. Creighton, Cincinnati, UCLA and ‘Cuse are NCAA Tournament -worthy teams that will get their chance at Chris Holtmann’s squad in the fall.
Last season, the Jim Boeheim coached program danced all the way to the Sweet 16 after defeating Arizona State, TCU, and upsetting Michigan State before falling to Duke. The Buckeyes’ season ended in the Round of 32 after a tough loss to Gonzaga.
Boeheim has experience going up against OSU—although he lost the last time they met. In 2012, Thad Matta’s Buckeyes tipped off with the Orange in the Elite Eight. Behind a 19-point effort from Jared Sullinger, the Scarlet and Gray prevailed, 77-70, and advanced to the Final Four.