With Big Ten play just around the corner the Ohio State Buckeyes can't afford to have star forward Jared Sullinger sidelined for long. Sullinger will be limited this week with a bruised foot, but the Buckeyes should be able to handle things if he needs to miss time.
Cleveland State, meanwhile, can go into Horizon League play with a solid record of wins with a trip to Big East member South Florida on Monday. The Vikings are already 10-1, and a win over South Florida, even though the Bulls are expected to finish near the bottom of the Big East, would be beneficial to their NCAA profile.
Here is the full week of games for teams from Northeast Ohio as well as the Buckeyes. Most team will be playing their final non-conference games this week before conference play begins in earnest just after Christmas.
Cleveland State at South Florida 7 p.m. ESPN3
Youngstown State at Akron 7 p.m.
Lamar at Ohio State 8:30 p.m. Big Ten Network
Ohio at Northern Iowa 8 p.m.
Miami (OH) at Ohio State 8:30 p.m. Big Ten Network
Toledo at Florida Gulf Coast 7:05 p.m.
Robert Morris at Youngstown State 7:05 p.m.
Bowling Green at Florida International 7:30 p.m.