Men's Basketball

Ohio State Travels to Louisville in 2014 Challenge

Ohio State has won five of the last six Challenge games.
Ohio State has won five of the last six Challenge games.

May 1, 2014

Additional Info

COLUMBUS, Ohio- The 16th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge Presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods will feature Ohio State at Louisville Dec. 2. The ESPN family of networks will televise the 14 games of the three-day event (Dec. 1-3). Times and television designation will be determined later this summer.

Thad Matta, head coach of the Buckeyes, has a 6-4 record in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and has won five of the last six games in the event.

"The Challenge game this year at Louisville will be a great test for our team," Matta said. "The Buckeyes and Cardinals have been successful over the last decade and each will enter the season with high expectations. This game will be one of the highlights of the event this year." 

Ohio State qualified for the 2014 NCAA Tournament after a fifth-place finish in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes finished the 2013-14 season with an overall record of 25-10, which included a 10-8 record in the Big Ten regular-season race.

Matta has led the Buckeyes to six consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament, four appearances in the NCAA "Sweet 16" in the last five years, five Big Ten titles in the last nine years and four appearances in the annual Big Ten postseason tournament title game over the last five seasons. The Buckeyes earned league tournament championships in 2010, 2011 and 2013.

The Buckeyes return five scholarship letterwinners and two starters in 2014-15. Seniors Shannon Scott, Sam Thompson, Amir Williams and Trey McDonald will guide a team that includes one sophomore (Marc Loving), a redshirt freshman (Kam Williams), four incoming freshmen and a pair of transfers.

Scott was a member of the 2014 All-Big Ten Defensive team as a junior. He will take over the lead guard position alongside returning starters Thompson and Amir Williams.

Transfer Anthony Lee, who will join the Buckeyes upon graduation from Temple in May, will have one year of eligibility remaining. He averaged nearly 14 points and nine rebounds a year ago at the center spot for the Owls.

A second transfer, center Trevor Thompson, left Virginia Tech after his freshman campaign. He will sit out the 2014-15 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules. He will have three years of eligibility beginning in 2015-16.

Incoming freshman D'Angelo Russell, a 6-4 guard who played for Montverde (Fla.) Academy as a senior, is a Louisville native. Russell is a 2014 McDonald's All-American. He led Montverde to the high school national championship each of the last two years. He is the 18th McDonald's All-American to play for the Buckeyes. 

Season Tickets
2014-15 season tickets for new buyers are on sale now. For more information in regard to seat locations available and pricing, contact the Ohio State athletics ticket sales department by calling 1-800-GOBUCKS (select option 2). Fans will be directed to an Account Executive who can discuss seating options over the phone or schedule a time to tour the Jerome Schottenstein Center to pick out seats.

Buckeyes In The Challenge
Ohio State is participating in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge for the 13th-consecutive year and has a 6-6 record in the event. The Buckeyes first participated in the Challenge during the 2002-03 season against Duke in Greensboro, N.C., a 91-75 Blue Devils' victory. Ohio State defeated Virginia Tech in Columbus in 2005, 69-59, for its first Challenge victory. The game vs. Duke in Columbus in 2011 pitted the highest combined ranking of Ohio State (2) and an opponent (No. 3 Duke) in the Buckeyes' previous Challenge games. The 2012 game at Duke pitted the No. 4 Buckeyes vs. the No. 2 Blue Devils. Ohio State has been among the Top 15 teams nationally in each of the last five Challenge games (4-1 record) and among the Top 5 in each of the last four games (3-1) The Buckeyes are 2-3 in road Challenge games.

The Buckeyes In The ACC/Big Ten Challenge

12/3/02

vs. Duke

L

76-91(4)

12/3/03

Georgia Tech

L

53-73(13)

12/1/04

at Clemson

L

73-80

11/28/05

Virginia Tech

W

69-59

11/29/06

at North Carolina

L

89(3)-98(7)

11/29/07

North Carolina

L

55-66(1)

12/2/08

at Miami, Fla.

W

73-68(21)

12/2/09

Florida State

W

77(15)-64(21)

11/30/10

at Florida State

W

58(2)-44

11/29/11

Duke

W

85(2)-63(3)

11/28/12

at Duke

L

68(4)-73(2)

12/4/13

Maryland

W

76(5)-60

Ohio State vs. Louisville
Ohio State and Louisville have met seven times with the Buckeyes winning four in the all-time series. The teams first met Dec. 19, 1953 in Louisville, an 85-76 win for the Cardinals. Ohio State, ranked No. 1 nationally, won at Louisville in the 1961 NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes edged the Cardinals 56-55 on their way to the 1961 NCAA title game. The teams last met in Columbus Jan. 4, 2003, a 72-64 win for the No. 24 ranked Cardinals.

The Ohio State Louisville Series

12/19/53

L

@Louisville

76-85

3/17/61

W

(1)@Louisville

56(1)-55

12/12/78

W

Louisville

85-69(4)

12/19/79

L

@Louisville

65(2)-75

1/29/89

W

@Louisville

85(17)-79(24)

2/4/90

W

Louisville (OT)

91-88(10)

1/4/03

L

Louisville

64-72(24)

1-NCAA Mideast Regionals, Louisville, Ky.

 

2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Schedule (times and networks to be determined)

Monday, December 1st

Nebraska @ Florida State

Rutgers @ Clemson

 

Tuesday, December 2nd

Illinois @ Miami

Minnesota @ Wake Forest

N.C. State @ Purdue

Ohio State @ Louisville

Pittsburgh @ Indiana

Syracuse @ Michigan

 

Wednesday, December 3rd

Duke @ Wisconsin

Georgia Tech @ Northwestern

Iowa @ North Carolina

Michigan State @ Notre Dame

Virginia @ Maryland

Virginia Tech @ Penn State

 

 

 


 

 

Shop for OSU Gear
buckeye vision suscribe log in Buckeye Vision
divider line