If Michigan State survives their road game against Indiana on Jan. 4 without a loss, they will then come home to face Ohio State three days later. There is an outside chance the Spartans and Buckeyes could both enter this contest with undefeated records.
Thad Matta's squad has started off the 2013-14 season by winning their first five games.
Of their eight remaining nonconference games, OSU plays all of them at home except for a neutral-site contest against Notre Dame on Dec. 21.
The Buckeyes' first two Big Ten games should be Ws against Nebraska and a road tilt against Purdue.
Two undefeated conference contenders going at it would be a must-see college hoops clash.
While Ohio State puts a lot of scoring potential on the floor, their ability to shut down opponents on the defensive end is their calling card. The Buckeyes are No. 3 in the nation in scoring defense (51.5 PPG), No. 6 in three-point field-goal defense (20 percent) and No. 8 in field-goal percentage defense (34.4 percent).
The numbers might change as the season goes on, but Ohio State's defensive strength is going to make the difference.