North Carolina coach Roy Williams makes a practice of playing “homecoming games” for each of his recruits, which brought Washington native Tyler Zeller and the Tar Heels to Roberts Stadium for a December 2010 game against UE.
It could be just a coincidence, or we’re seeing a bit of the same for the Aces and their two incoming freshmen from Ohio, Duane Gibson and Tyler Ptacek.
A report from the Athens Messenger says UE will play at Ohio, a Mid-American Conference member, next season. It will be the third Aces road game in the state along with bouts against Miami and Xavier.
The Messenger’s report didn’t cite a date or time for the game, and it’s not known if UE will get a return contest at the Ford Center.
Ohio made the Sweet 16 in 2012 under former coach John Groce, now at Illinois, and in Jim Christian’s first season in charge went 24-9, won the MAC’s regular-season title and played in the National Invitation Tournament.
The Bobcats lose each of their top three scorers heading into this year.
Gibson and Ptacek both hail from the Cleveland area, about three and a half hours from Athens, Ohio. They’re the first players recruited out of Ohio to play for Simmons at UE.