Maryland may play in Baltimore next season; could Georgetown be far behind?

As part of his effort to forge closer relationships between Maryland and the state’s top basketball prospects and youth coaches (high school and AAU), Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon said he hopes to schedule a nonconference game in Baltimore next season. Turgeon’s vision is for Maryland to ultimately play one out-of-conference home game in the state outside of College Park each year, with the site alternating between Baltimore and Washington.

“What I need is for Baltimore to produce Maryland-type players every year,” Turgeon said during ACC media day Wednesday.

Asked how he felt about scheduling an annual game against Georgetown, Turgeon said he didn’t want to discuss the matter through the media.

“I would like to sit down with John [Thompson III] and see if it’s good for them and good for Maryland,” Turgeon said. “I know it’s good for their fans. I know it’s good for Maryland fans. But they play an 18-game [Big East] schedule, and we’re heading that way with the teams we’re adding. I’m locked into the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. So we’ve got to make sure it’s best for both of us. And John and I will do it—but not in the media.

“I promise you,” Turgeon told a handful of reporters, “you guys will be the last to know.”

Liz Clarke currently covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. She has also covered seven Olympic Games, two World Cups and written extensively about college sports, tennis and auto racing.


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