Maryland men’s basketball to host Oregon State next season

Maryland has reached an agreement to host Oregon State at Comcast Center next season, an individual with knowledge of the situation said Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity.The date and time of the matchup are currently undecided.

The Beavers finished the 2012-13 season at 14-18 with a 4-14 record in the Pacific-12. Coached by Craig Robinson, first lady Michelle Obama’s older brother, Oregon State went 1-7 against the RPI top 50, its lone win coming against Colorado on the road. It shared two common opponents with the Terrapins, losing to Alabama and beating Niagara. The Terps and Beavers, however, have never met.

(Side note: Terps Athletic Director Kevin Anderson also happens to have been the assistant athletic director at Oregon State from 2002 to 2004.)

Maryland’s nonconference schedule, created before Coach Mark Turgeon knew Dez Wells, Logan Aronhalt and Charles Mitchell would all be on board for the upcoming season, ranked 317th nationally this past season, according to Kenpom.com, and helped contribute to its weak NCAA tournament profile. The Terps wound up playing six teams with RPIs of 200 or worse, including IUPUI (326th), South Carolina State (342nd) and Maryland-Eastern Shore (345th).

Scheduling Oregon State represents a concentrated offseason effort by Turgeon and his staff to book more power-conference opponents to its upcoming slate, which includes a season-opening matchup at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center against Connecticut. The Terps will also play three games in the U.S. Virgin Islands at the Paradise Jam, including Marist and either Northern Iowa or Loyola Marymount.

Here’s how the nonconference schedule looks so far:

Nov. 8: vs. Connecticut at Barclays Center

Nov. 22-25: Paradise Jam in U.S. Virgin Islands (vs. Marist, Loyola Marymount/Northern Iowa and Providence/Vanderbilt/Morgan State/La Salle)

Dec. 8: vs. George Washington at Verizon Center (BB&T Classic)

TBD: vs. Oregon State

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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