The news as it pertains to Maryland basketball: Each ACC team will have just one primary opponent that it will play twice each 18-game regular season. For the Terrapins, that team will be Pittsburgh. Maryland will play the other 12 ACC teams four times over each three-season span, with a home-and-home one season, a home game one season and a road game one season.
In other words, Duke will no longer make an annual visit to Comcast Center when Syracuse and Pittsburgh join the ACC.
The Terrapins hold a 5-2 series lead over the Panthers. The teams last played on Nov. 18, 2010, a 79-70 Pittsburgh win at the 2K Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York.
In football, Virginia will remain Maryland’s primary crossover partner, meaning they will continue to play every season. The ACC football schedule will grow to nine games. Each team will play the other six in its division and its crossover partner each year, plus two rotating opponents from the opposite division.
Maryland has played Syracuse, its new Atlantic Division football buddy, 34 times, with the Orange holding an 18-14-2 edge. The teams last played in 1994.
In men’s lacrosse, Maryland and powerhouse Syracuse will begin an annual regular season game. The Terrapins and Orange have not played in the regular season since 1983; the teams’ last six matchups have all come in the NCAA tournament. Maryland holds a 9-6 series lead over Syracuse, and is one of only four modern-era programs to have an all-time winning record against the Orange (Johns Hopkins, Navy and Virginia are the others).
I’m interested to see what everyone has to say about Maryland’s basketball pairing with Pittsburgh, and about the new-look ACC in general.