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Ohio forward Gavin Block passes the ball to a teammate during the first half of the Ohio basketball game against Ball State on Jan. 26.

Men's Basketball: Ohio releases 2019 nonconference schedule

The first 14 opponents of the new Jeff Boals era at Ohio are now known.

The Bobcats announced the nonconference portion of their 2019 schedule Wednesday and unveiled the first slate of games Ohio will play under Boals, who took over as head coach in March. The Bobcats will play four opponents from the NCAA Tournament last season 

The season opens on the road Nov. 5 against St. Bonaventure and features road games against Villanova and Iona, who both made the NCAA Tournament last season.

Ohio will head to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, from Nov. 11-21 for three games in the Myrtle Beach Invitational against Utah, Coastal Carolina and Baylor, who was also a participant in the NCAA Tournament last season.

The Bobcats will also host Purdue, who advanced to the Elite 8 in last season’s NCAA Tournament, on Dec. 17 at The Convo and close its nonconference schedule with a home game against Campbell on Dec. 29.

Here’s a full look at the schedule:

Nov. 2 - vs. Capital (Exhibition)

Nov. 5 - at St. Bonaventure

Nov. 9 - vs. Heidelberg

Nov. 13 - at Iona

Nov. 16 at Villanova

Nov. 21 - vs. Baylor (Myrtle Beach Invitational)

Nov. 22 - vs. Utah/Coastal Carolina (Myrtle Beach Invitational)

Nov. 24 - TBA (Myrtle Beach Invitational)

Nov. 30 - vs. Detroit Mercy

Dec. 4 - vs. Rio Grande

Dec. 8 - vs. Tennessee Tech

Dec. 17 - vs. Purdue

Dec. 21 - vs. Morehead State

Dec. 29 - vs. Campbell


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