Bob Hunter commentary: Rumblings
Friday, August 24, 2007 3:27 AM
By BOB HUNTER
THE COLUMBUS (OH) DISPATCH
North Carolina and Florida will cycle off the Ohio State men's basketball schedule after this season. So what marquee opponents is coach Thad Matta lining up to whet ticket buyers' appetites for the nonconference portion of the schedule in 2008-09?
Maybe Memphis, according to The Sporting News. It says Memphis coach John Calipari is scheduling high-profile opponents several years down the road to burnish his team's power ranking while it continues to shine in the low-voltage Conference USA. Besides the Buckeyes, Calipari reportedly also is after Syracuse, Texas and West Virginia.
Ohio State and Memphis met in an NCAA regional final last season in San Antonio. The Buckeyes won 92-76.