Ohio State women’s basketball: Nonconference tests await Buckeyes

By The Columbus Dispatch  • 
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Ohio State women’s basketball coach Kevin McGuff inherited a top-of-the-food-chain nonconference schedule in his first season in 2013 and attacked it.

His second nonconference schedule, which came out yesterday, doesn’t include a Tyrannosaurus rex like defending national champion Connecticut, but it still has enough sharp teeth and claws to make McGuff happy.

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His roster will include seven newcomers: six freshmen and one sophomore.

“I want a challenging schedule with high-level competition,” McGuff said. “This is probably not as tough as last year, but I think this is going to be one of the tougher schedules in the country.”

The Buckeyes open at Virginia on Nov. 14 and have their first game at Value City Arena on No. 16 against St. Francis (Pa.). Georgia follows on Nov. 19 at home. The team travels to the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, over Thanksgiving for games against Clemson, Wichita State and Florida Gulf Coast.

December features six home games, highlighted by West Virginia on Dec. 22. Big Ten play begins on Dec. 29 at Maryland.

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Schedule

Nov. 9: TBA (exhibition)

Nov. 14: at Virginia

Nov. 16: vs. St. Francis (Pa.)

Nov. 19: vs. Georgia

Nov. 23: vs. Virginia Commonwealth

Nov. 27: vs. Clemson*

Nov. 28: vs. Wichita State*

Nov. 29: vs. Florida Gulf Coast*

Dec. 3: vs. Pittsburgh**

Dec. 7: vs. Winthrop

Dec. 11: vs. Arkansas State

Dec. 14: vs. Western Michigan

Dec. 16: vs. Lamar

Dec. 22: vs. West Virginia

Dec. 29: at Maryland

Jan. 1: vs. Rutgers

Jan. 4: vs. Northwestern

Jan. 8: at Indiana

Jan. 11: at Michigan

Jan. 15: vs. Minnesota

Jan. 18: vs. Penn State

Jan. 25: at Purdue

Jan. 29: at Wisconsin

Feb. 2: vs. Michigan State

Feb. 5: at Iowa

Feb. 8: vs. Indiana

Feb. 10: vs. Michigan

Feb. 17: vs. Purdue

Feb. 21: vs. Iowa

Feb. 26: at Penn State

March 1: at Nebraska

March 4-8: Big Ten tournament, Hoffman Estates, Ill.

*—Paradise Jam, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

**— ACC/Big Ten challenge

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