Duke, Kentucky headline Ohio State basketball’s non-conference schedule for 2021-22

Ohio State basketball’s complete non-conference schedule for the 2021-22 season has been revealed.

The Buckeyes will play up to 12 games before entering Big Ten play for good, including two against blue-blood programs. Following an exhibition game against a to-be-determined opponent, they’ll open up the year by hosting Akron on Nov. 9. The Zips will serve as the first of three straight home games, followed by Niagara and Bowling Green, before OSU sees an uptick in competition.

That starts on Nov. 18 when the Buckeyes travel to Xavier for the first game against the Musketeers since 2007, when they met in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. This is the third meeting in history, with each team taking a win.

Then OSU will head to Florida SouthWestern State College to participate in the 2021 Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off.

Ohio State will also be one of the last teams to take on a Mike Krzyzewski-led Duke program. Krzyzewski plans to retire following the 2021-22 season, having spent 40 seasons as the Blue Devils head coach amassing a 1,170–361 record (450–189 ACC) and winning five national titles. Ohio State will host Duke on Nov. 30 as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Following a home game against Towson, Ohio State will face Kentucky in the CBS Sports Challenge. The Buckeyes beat the Wildcats when the showcase was held in Las Vegas in 2019 and are 4-3 against them overall. They will serve as the second game of a doubleheader, with North Carolina playing Kansas first.

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