Ohio State Travels to Louisville in 2014 Challenge
May 1, 2014
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.
Buckeyes In The Challenge
The Buckeyes In The ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Ohio State vs. Louisville
The Ohio State Louisville Series
2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Schedule (times and networks to be determined)