Ohio State and Cincinnati gave their basketball fans something to get excited about Tuesday with the announcement of a future home-and-home series between the programs.
The Buckeyes will be the first opponent at UC’s Fifth Third Arena when it re-opens next season after an extensive renovation. That will be Ohio State’s game at UC since 1920.
The Bearcats will make a trip to Columbus in the fall of 2019, though the exact date hasn’t been announced for either game.
Both games will be season-openers.
Although the teams have rich basketball histories, they have only played 10 times, most notably in 1961 and ’62 when the Bearcats upset powerful Ohio State teams led by Middletown’s Jerry Lucas in consecutive national championship games.
The Buckeyes won the most recent matchup, an 81-66 decision in the Sweet 16 in 2012.
In-state competition has been a hot topic for years among, and new Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann told fans at a summer meet-and-greet he was open to scheduling teams like the Bearcats, Dayton and Xavier.
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