Xavier basketball vs. No. 19 Ohio State

Opportunities like the one Xavier's men's basketball team has at Cintas Center on Thursday night (6:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1) are not regular occurrences. 

To host a ranked opponent – No. 19 Ohio State (3-0) – in the third game of the season, the Musketeers (2-0) have the chance to prove themselves against a quality team and the result could put an early pin in Xavier's postseason resume. 

Ohio State Buckeyes forward E.J. Liddell (32) and guard Meechie Johnson Jr. (0) celebrate a three pointer during the second half of the NCAA exhibition basketball game against the Indianapolis Greyhounds at Value City Arena in Columbus on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021.

On the final night of the Gavitt Tipoff Games – an annual event that pits the Big Ten Conference against the Big East Conference – Xavier welcomes the Buckeyes to Cintas Center for the first time in a game that's been more than 14 years in the making since the two last met in a second-round game in the 2007 NCAA Tournament when Ohio State was a No. 1 seed and beat the ninth-seeded Musketeers in overtime. 

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