The Ohio State men’s basketball team has an exciting 2022-23 season ahead, featuring a number of exciting matchups. The Buckeyes learned on Friday that they will have at least a few exciting games in the non-conference portion of the 2023-24 season.
According to CBS Sports college basketball insider Jon Rothsteinthe Scarlet and Gray will be one of four teams to take part in the 2023 Emerald CoastClassic. Ohio State is joined by Oregon and Alabama as Emerald Coast Classic participants with another team in the event to be announced. The 2023 Emerald Coast Classic is expected to be held over Thanksgiving weekend.
The Emerald Coast Classic has been an early-season college basketball tournament since 2014. First and second round games are held on campus and the third and final round games are played on the campus of Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Florida, between Pensacola and Panama City on the panhandle. The 2022 version of the event will feature TCU, Iowa, Clemson and California. The event will be held on Friday, Nov. 25 and Saturday, Nov. 26. Past winners of the event include Ole Miss, Iowa State, Virginia, the Horned Frogs, Cincinnati, Florida State and LSU. Other Big Ten teams who have taken part in the Emerald Coast Classic include Penn State, Purdue, Maryland (twice), Iowa (twice) and Illinois (twice).
While not much else has been announced for the 2023-24 non-conference schedule, it is expected that Ohio State will take part in the CBS Sports Classic again, likely against Kentucky. The Buckeyes also could be back in the Gavitt Games, played between the Big Ten and the Big East, something the Scarlet and Gray are not a part of this year.
Ohio State will be a different team in 2023-24 than what Buckeye fans see this year. Both Seth Towns and Justice Sueing, graduate players on this season’s roster, will be gone after this year. Additionally, the Scarlet and Gray will lose two incoming transfer players for the 2022-23 season in point-forward Issac Likekele (Oklahoma State) and shooting guard Sean McNeill (West Va.).
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There will be plenty of talent returning in 2023-24, however. Both center ZedKey and guard Eugene Brown III will be entering their senior seasons and transfer small forward Tanner Holden (Wright State) could be back for a second year with the program. forward Kallen Etzler will be in his third season with the Buckeyes. Ohio State will also have a talented sophomore class of shooting guard Roddy Gayle Jr.pointguard Bruce Thorntoncenter Felix Okparasmall forward Brice Sensabaugh and shooting guard Bowen Hardman. The Buckeyes have two commitments already in the 2023 class in four-star shooting guard George Washington III and four-star center austin parks.