Syracuse Set To Invade Columbus

By Jeff Rapp, June 1st, 2018

Chris Holtmann’s Ohio State men’s basketball team added another traditional power to its preconference agenda.

In addition to opening the 2018-19 season at Cincinnati, facing UCLA in Chicago and trekking to Creighton for the Gavitt Games, the Buckeyes found out they will oppose Syracuse in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. At least that contest will be at home — it’s slated for Nov. 28 at the Schottenstein Center (time and TV are TBA).

The Challenge enters its 20th year of existence and OSU has participated the last 16 years consecutively, posting a mark of 6-10.

The history is a little better when it comes to facing Syracuse and teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Buckeyes are 5-1 all-time against the Orange, the last matchup resulting in a 77-70 Ohio State win in the NCAA East Regional final in Boston in March 2012. That clinched a ticket to the Final Four.

Ohio State is 2-0 all-time against Syracuse in Columbus, although the teams have not met there since Eldon Miller was OSU’s coach. Ohio State posted a 67-57 win in the last meeting on Jan. 4, 1982.

Ohio State is 67-49 all-time vs. teams currently in the ACC. The Buckeyes have faced every league member at least once and have wins against each team except Clemson (0-2) and North Carolina State (0-1). The last meeting for Ohio State against an ACC affiliate was an 86-72 loss to No. 5 North Carolina Dec. 23 of last season in the CBSSports Classic in New Orleans.

Buckeyes in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Ohio State first took part in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge during the 2002-03 season and lost to Duke in Greensboro, N.C., by the score of 91-75. OSU defeated Virginia Tech in Columbus in 2005-06, 69-59, for its first victory in the Challenge.

The 2011 game vs. Duke in Columbus pitted the highest combined ranking of Ohio State (2) and Duke (3) in the Buckeyes’ previous Challenge games. That record was nearly tied in 2012 with the No. 4 Buckeyes traveling to No. 2 Duke. Ohio State was No. 3 and North Carolina came in at No. 7 in the 2006 Challenge.

See below for full results.

Date                   Opponent                                    Result

Dec. 3, 2002      vs. No. 4 Duke                            L, 76-91

Dec. 3, 2003      vs. No. 13 Georgia Tech             L, 53-73

Dec. 1, 2004       at Clemson                                 L, 73-80

Nov. 28, 2005      vs. Virginia Tech                        W, 69-59

Nov. 29, 2006      at No. 7 North Carolina              L, 89-98

Nov. 29, 2007      vs. No. 1 North Carolina             L, 55-66

Dec. 2, 2008        at No. 21 Miami, Fla.                  W, 73-68

Dec. 2, 2009        vs. No. 21 Florida State             W, 77-64

Nov. 30, 2010       at Florida State                          W, 58-44

Nov. 29, 2011       vs. No. 3 Duke                           W, 85-63

Nov. 28, 2012       at No. 2 Duke                            L, 68-73

Dec. 4, 2013         vs. Maryland                             W, 76-60

Dec. 2, 2014         at No. 5 Louisville                     L, 55-64

Dec. 1, 2015         vs. No. 10 Virginia                    L, 58-64

Nov. 30, 2016        at No. 7 Virginia                      L, 61-63

Nov. 29, 2017        vs. Clemson                            L, 65-79