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Ohio State To Play At Xavier In 2021 Gavitt Games

The Buckeyes will look to improve to 4-0 in the Gavitt Games with this in-state matchup.

As first reported CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein and later confirmed by the team, Ohio State will travel to Xavier on Nov. 18 as part of the 2021 Gavitt Games. 

Tip off time has not been announced, but the game be broadcast on either BTN or FS1. 

“What the Gavitt Games have done at the start of the college basketball season, and honoring the late great Dan Gavitt, has been tremendous for our game,” Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said in a statement. “It has provided a number of really great matchups and this year is no exception. Xavier is a tremendous program with a rich history and passionate fan base. Playing against a good, well-coached team in that environment early in the season will be great for our 2021-22 team.”

This will be the fifth all-time meeting between the Buckeyes and Musketeers, who last met in the 2007 NCAA Tournament – the game in which guard Ron Lewis hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game. Ohio State won in overtime and eventually reached the national championship, where it fell to Florida.

The Buckeyes hold a 3-1 overall series lead, with the Muskeeters’ lone victory came in the 1984 NIT.

Ohio State is 3-0 all time in the Gavitt Games, a series between the Big Ten and Big East conferences that is named in honor of late Providence athletic director and Big Each commissioner Dave Gavitt. The Buckeyes defeated Providence in 2016, Creighton in 2018 and Villanova in 2019.

Ohio State is also set to take on Kentucky in the CBS Sports Classic; a combination of California, Florida and/or Seton Hall in the Fort Myers Tip-Off, a to-be-determined opponent in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge and Towson at home. The rest of the Buckeyes' schedule will be announced at a later date.

Other reported matchups for the 2021 Gavitt Games include Illinois at Marquette, Seton Hall at Michigan, St. John’s at Indiana, Rutgers at DePaul, Creighton at Nebraska, Michigan State and Butler and Providence at Wisconsin.


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