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
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.