The Maryland men’s basketball team will face Villanova on Dec. 9 at Madison Square Garden as part of the Jimmy V Classic, the event’s organizers announced on Tuesday.
The Terrapins and Wildcats squared off at Comcast Center this past preseason for a “private” scrimmage, in which junior guard Dez Wells canned the game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer for host Maryland. Under Coach Mark Turgeon, the Terps missed out on the postseason, finishing 17-15 and losing in the first round of the ACC tournament.
Villanova, on the other hand, wound up as a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament but ultimately lost to Final Four participant Connecticut in the second round. The Wildcats went 29-5 and 16-2 in the Big East, finishing the regular season at No. 6 overall in the Associated Press top 25.
The Terps are currently slated to participate in the 2014 CBE Classic on Nov. 24 and Nov. 25 in Kansas City, Mo., with Alabama, Iowa State and Arizona State. Each of those four schools has, in the past, also hosted two “host games” against mid-major schools in the lead-up to the event.
Maryland’s 2014-15 nonconference schedule is expected to include zero true road games along with the three aforementioned neutral-site games. Given that they have traveled for consecutive ACC/Big Ten Challenges, it would be highly unusual for the Terps to not host this upcoming season, no matter their pending conference switch from the former to the latter.
For the first time in the event’s history, Maryland will not be participating in the annual BB&T Classic at Verizon Center.
According to the event’s Web site, Indiana and Louisville will also play each other at the Jimmy V Classic. Last season, the Terps announced a multi-year agreement with the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where they have opened each of the past two seasons against marquee opponents Kentucky and Connecticut. According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, Maryland will not play at the Barclays Center this season.