In a move to strengthen its schedule, Johns Hopkins announced Wednesday that it had added Ohio State and Villanova to next year’s slate.
The Blue Jays will open the 2014 campaign against the Buckeyes and will meet the Wildcats in a midweek game late in the season.
Ohio State, which upended then-No. 5 Loyola and No. 3 Denver to capture the Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament championship and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament, will replace Siena.
Villanova, which shared the Big East regular-season title with Syracuse before losing to the Orange in the conference tournament final, will replace Army.
The changes should enhance Johns Hopkins’ tournament profile next season. After the NCAA tournament, the Buckeyes was ranked sixth in RPI, while the Wildcats were 21st. By comparison, Army was 31st and Siena was 37th.
The Blue Jays are 4-0 all-time against Ohio State, but the two sides have not met since 2002. Johns Hopkins is 6-0 against Villanova, but they will tangle for the first time since 2002.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun