OMG Rematch, Y’all! Buckeyes Will Visit Duke

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Aaron Craft is fixin' to bring swoons to the Southeast.

Ohio State will visit Cameron Indoor Stadium for the first time this fall when the Buckeyes get a rematch with the Duke Blue Devils in the B1G-ACC Challenge. The game will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 28 on the second night of the Challenge. The time and network will be announced at a later date. You’ll no doubt recall the curb stomping that the Buckeyes inflicted on Coach K’s bunch this past season, in an 85-63 decision at the Schott. The game was full and total domination by Ohio State throughout and gave Mike Krzyzeyzeyzewzekzeywski a sore butt. That victory was the highest rated game in the history of the Challenge, drawing a 2.6 rating and being seen in 2.6 million homes.  The Buckeyes (along with Northwestern) have a record four consecutive wins in the Challenge.

Here’s how the Challenge shakes out:

Tuesday, Nov. 27

North Carolina at Indiana
North Carolina State at TTUN
Minnesota at Florida State
Maryland at Northwestern
Iowa at Virginia Tech
Nebrasky at Wake Forest

Wednesday, Nov. 28

Ohio State at Duke
Virginia at Wisconsin
TTUN State at Miami (FL)
Purdue at Clemson
Georgia Tech at Illinois
Boston College at Penn Shtate

The Buckeyes will look substantially different this fall after William Buford’s graduation, Jared Sullinger’s early entry into the NBA and the transfers of Jordan Sibert and J.D. Weatherspoon. Aaron Craft, Lenzelle Smith Jr. and Deshaun Thomas return to the starting lineup, and are likely to be joined by any two of Shannon Scott, Evan Ravenel, Amir Williams and Sam Thompson. If I were to predict, I’d say Ravenel and Thompson might start the season in the opening five, but frankly no two of those four players would surprise me. At this point in time Ohio State’s bench is a bit shorter than usual, due to the aforementioned transfers of Sibert and Weatherspoon. Versatile guard Amedeo Della Valle committed to Ohio State, but it remains to be seen if anyone else will be added.

The Dookies will look a bit different as well. Austin Rivers is joining Sully in the pros, while Miles Plumlee has plum run out of eligibility, y’all. He leaves behind Marshall and Mason as the Blue Devils adjust to life with only two Plumlees. The latter has already been named a 2012-13 Duke captain, along with senior Ryan Kelly. Michael Gbinije transferred to Syracuse after his freshman season.

Although the names and venue have changed, Ohio State-Duke should be a fun rematch, y’all.

 

Written by: Michael Citro | full bio

Michael is Director of OHD's Shooty Hoops Program, as well as an OSU grad and progressive rock enthusiast.

 

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