The Ohio State basketball schedule is officially out, and the Buckeyes will certainly have their hands full in a number of games this season.
The luxury of playing in the Big Ten is that strength of schedule is never really an issue when Selection Sunday rolls around. While the overall slate is difficult, there are a few games in particular that stand out as the most important contests.
Factors such the conference standings, rivalries and building a strong profile were taken into account when determining the most important games. Let’s take a look at them.
North Carolina, Dec. 20 in Chicago
A home win over Marquette in November would certainly look decent on the Buckeyes’ tournament profile, and a win at Louisville would turn heads throughout the nation.
Still, the thought here is that the daunting atmosphere and the number of young freshmen Thad Matta is breaking in isn’t a great formula for success on the road against Louisville early in the season. This means that the neutral-site game against North Carolina will be critical if Ohio State hopes to pick up a marquee nonconference victory for its resume.
Matta discussed this matchup and overall event, via Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv and Zagsblog:
We are excited to be part of the CBS Sports Classic the next three seasons.The four teams competing have a tremendous history of success in college basketball. We have partnered with terrific cities and venues to make this a great experience for…