Maryland basketball schedules Morgan State, unlikely to play Baltimore game in foreseeable future


(Associated Press)

The Maryland basketball team’s 2013-14 schedule continues to take shape, as Coach Mark Turgeon told reporters Wednesday night that the Terrapins will host Morgan State next season.

Aboard the Spirit of Baltimore cruise ship for the third of four “Coaches Caravan” meet-and-greets, Turgeon said the newly scheduled game is a “four-for-one” deal with the Paradise Jam, an eight-team tournament in the U.S. Virgin Islands next November. Since Morgan State is on the other side of the bracket, the Terps bought out that game and will host the Bears, in addition to their three scheduled games at the University of the Virgin Islands.

This gives the Terps eight non-conference games so far. They’ll likely round out their schedule against opponents with similar RPIs to Morgan State, especially since nationally ranked Ohio State and Connecticut are already on the docket. The Bears finished 17-15 last season with a 237 RPI. They played no RPI top-50 opponents and were 1-8 against the top 200.

Maryland will also host Tulsa in December, play George Washington in the BB&T Classic and face three teams in the Virgin Islands, not to mention three exhibition games against local teams in the Bahamas.

The Terps are allowed 10 practices for the foreign tour, which can occur by NCAA rules once every four years. Turgeon said that, after eight weeks of individual work, he might only use eight or nine of those slots, but expressed excitement to travel into the Caribbean.

“The goal is to play at 10 a.m. on the first two days, so we can be on the waterslides by 1,” Turgeon said.

He also shot down the idea of any home-away-from-home games in Baltimore, at least in the foreseeable future.

“We tried,” he said. “We looked at the Civic Center and didn’t feel like it was conducive to what we’re trying to do. It’s something that we really tried hard our first year, we tried to get a promoter, we tried to get it done. Just didn’t work out. We couldn’t really get promoters to take it on, to be honest with you. We tried. But just being honest, I don’t see it happening.”

Here’s how Maryland’s 2013-14 schedule stands today:

Early August: Exhibition tour to Bahamas

Nov. 8: vs. U-Conn. at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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

Dec. 8: vs. George Washington at Verizon Center

Late December: vs. Tulsa

TBD home non-conference games: Oregon State, Morgan State

TBD home ACC games: Georgia Tech, Miami, Florida State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

TBD away games: Pittsburgh, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Boston College, Clemson, Duke, North Carolina and North Carolina 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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