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Thomas' FIU debut likely at Ohio State

MIAMI (AP) -- The next chapter of Isiah Thomas' coaching career will start amid familiar territory for the Hall of Famer: the Big 10.

FIU's new coach is prepping to debut Nov. 9 at Ohio State in the opening round of a Coaches vs. Cancer tournament. The matchup has been in the works for months and is expected to be formally announced later this summer. Thomas -- a Chicago native who grew up watching and eventually playing in the Big 10 -- says it'll add extra significance to his first game.

"Big 10 country," Thomas said Thursday. "If at some point and time you're going to be able to compete with the big boys, you might as well just jump right into the fire and get started."