'06 Wooden Tradition pairs Ohio-State-Cincinnati

Updated: December 14, 2005, 3:36 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Ohio State and Cincinnati play each other next year for the first time since the 1962 NCAA men's championship game.

The game on Dec. 16, 2006, will be first between the teams in the regular season since 1921. It's part of the annual John R. Wooden Tradition doubleheader at Conseco Fieldhouse. Purdue, the host team, will play Butler in the other game.

"We strive to create the type of competitive matchups that you would expect to see at the Final Four," Kent Atherton, president and CEO of sponsoring Pantheon International, said Wednesday. "Once in a while that means you also have the opportunity to create a game with some historical significance. Ohio State versus Cincinnati is such a game."

Separated by less than 100 miles, the two schools have played only eight times, most recently in Cincinnati's 71-59 victory for its second straight NCAA title in 1962. The Bearcats also beat the Buckeyes for the championship the previous year.

It will be the first appearances in the Wooden Tradition for Ohio State and Butler. Second-year Ohio State coach Thad Matta is a Butler grad and coached Xavier in the 2003 Wooden Tradition against Indiana.

Wooden, the former UCLA coach, was an All-American at Purdue, which has played in every Wooden Tradition except in 2003, when Indiana made its lone appearance.

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