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Ohio State's Basketball Team Will Open Next Season With Cincinnati

The Buckeyes will open the next two seasons with the Bearcats.

Ohio State and Cincinnati are regenerating their college basketball rivalry.

The two programs announced this morning that the Buckeyes and the Bearcats have scheduled a home-and-home series for 2018 and '19.

Cincinnati will play host to Ohio State to open the 2018-19 season, with the Buckeyes hosting the Bearcats to open the 2019-20 season.

Here are the details of the series:

Ohio State leads the all-time series with the Bearcats 6-4. The teams have not met during regular-season play since 1921, which was the home opener for the Buckeyes and the only previous time the teams opened the season against one another. The Bearcats won that game 33-17. Ohio State played host to Cincinnati in five of the first six meetings, going 3-2 in those games. Ohio State has not played the Bearcats in Cincinnati since Jan. 3, 1920, a 35-13 win for the Buckeyes.

Three of the last four meetings have come during NCAA Tournament competition with all of the last four matchups contested on neutral courts. Ohio State was ranked No. 1 while the Bearcats were No. 2 in both the 1961 and 1962 NCAA National Championship games with Cincinnati winning the national title both times.

No. 4 Ohio State downed the Bearcats 72-50 in the Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis Dec. 16, 2006. The most recent meeting was in the 2012 NCAA East Regional Semifinals in Boston, an 81-66 win for the No. 7-ranked Buckeyes.

This will be fun.