Ohio State and defending NCAA men’s champion Connecticut announced a home-and-home series in December 2015 and December 2016.
The first game will be on Dec. 12, 2015, on the UConn campus in Storrs or in Hartford, Conn. The second game will be on Dec. 10, 2016, in Value City Arena.
The programs have played five times, and Ohio State has won three. The most recent meeting was in the 1999 Final Four in St. Petersburg, Fla., a game Connecticut won 64-58.
• Michigan State guard Bryn Forbes will not have to sit out this season after transferring from Cleveland State. The NCAA has granted the 6-foot-3 Forbes, who averaged 15.6 points last season as a sophomore, a waiver to play this season.
Ohio State’s portion of the 2014-15 Big Ten men’s basketball schedule — which the Big Ten Network plans to release at 6 tonight — appeared on the Buckeyes’ website last night.
With Maryland and Rutgers boosting the Big Ten to 14 teams, Ohio State will play five teams twice and eight teams once next season, for a total of 18 games.
Below is the Buckeyes’ full 31-game schedule. It does not include all tipoff times and TV designations, which probably will not be announced until September, a Big Ten official said yesterday.
Nov. 9: Walsh (exhibition)
Nov. 14: Massachusetts-Lowell
Nov. 18: Marquette, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2
Nov. 23: Sacred Heart
Nov. 26: Campbell
Nov. 28: James Madison
Dec. 2: at Louisville, 9:30 p.m. ESPN (ACC-Big Ten Challenge)
Dec. 6: Colgate
Dec. 10: High Point
Dec. 13: Morehead State
Dec. 17: North Carolina A&T (Nationwide Arena)
Dec. 20: North Carolina, 1 p.m., Chicago
Dec. 22: Miami (Ohio)
Dec. 27: Wright State
Dec. 30: Iowa
Jan. 3: Illinois
Jan. 6: at Minnesota, 9 p.m., ESPN
Jan. 10: at Indiana
Jan. 13: Michigan, 7 p.m., ESPN
Jan. 17: at Iowa
Jan. 22: at Northwestern
Jan. 25: Indiana
Jan. 29: Maryland
Feb. 4: at Purdue
Feb. 8: at Rutgers
Feb. 11: Penn State
Feb. 14: at Michigan State
Feb. 22: at Michigan
Feb. 26: Nebraska
March 1: Purdue
March 4: at Penn State
March 8: Wisconsin
March 11-15: Big Ten tournament, Chicago