The Ohio State men’s basketball team represents The Ohio State University in NCAA Division I college basketball competition. The Buckeyes are a member of the Big Ten Conference. The Buckeyes share a classic rivalry with the Michigan Wolverines, in which OSU has a 99–78 series lead.
Ohio State play their home games at Value City Arena in the Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio, which opened in 1998. The official capacity of the center is 19,200. Ohio State ranked 28th in the nation in average home attendance as of the 2016 season. The Buckeyes have won one national championship (1960) and been the National Runner-Up four times. Furthermore, they appeared in 27 NCAA Tournaments (four other appearances have been vacated).
Facilities and Coaches
The Ohio State Buckeyes presently play their home games in 19,200-seat Jerome Schottenstein Center. The first official home court for the Buckeyes was the Ohio Expo Center Coliseum. Constructed in 1918, the Buckeyes called this arena home between the years 1920 to 1955. The facility had a capacity of 7,000 people. However, in 1955, a new facility was built on the campus of Ohio State named the St. John Arena named after Lynn St. John, an Ohio State basketball coach and athletic director. This building, while hosting the men’s basketball team, also hosted (and still to this day hosts) volleyball, gymnastics, and wrestling. The capacity of St. John Arena is 13,276. However, this building is the only Buckeye arena to serve as home for an Ohio State men’s basketball championship team in 1960.
With the aging St. John Arena over 40 years old, the Ohio State University decided to build the Schottenstein Center to hold men’s and women’s basketball as well as hockey. The 770,000 square foot arena was completed in 1998 and seats 19,500 for basketball games. Furthermore, Ohio State completed a $19 million renovation to the Schottenstein Center in 2013 that includes updated locker rooms for the Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams, a new training room with hydrotherapy pools, a new weight room, and a new practice gym to complement the existing gym. If you want to watch Ohio State Basketball team in action, check these NCAA streams.
The Buckeyes have had 14 coaches in their 110-year history. Thad Matta, who was hired in 2004, and led the Buckeyes to five NCAA Tournament appearances and two Final Four appearances during the 2006–07 and 2011–12 seasons. The only Ohio State coach to win a national championship was Fred Taylor in 1960.
Thad Matta became head coach of Ohio State in 2004 to replace coach Jim O’Brien. The latter was fired due to NCAA violations which cost Ohio State over 113 wins between 1998 and 2002. On June 5, 2017, after consecutive years of missing the NCAA Tournament, the school announced Matta would not return as head coach after 13 years and 337 wins at Ohio State. On June 9, the school hired Butler head coach Chris Holtmann as head coach
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