As schedules begin to trickle out, we can slowly cobble together the Maryland men’s basketball team’s 2013-14 nonconference slate.
This week, Morgan State announced a Nov. 29 meeting with the Terrapins at Comcast Center. The two teams also will participate in the Paradise Jam from Nov. 22-25, but Maryland and Morgan State will be on opposite sides of the bracket, with little chance of meeting in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
In late July, Tulsa announced a Dec. 29 date against Maryland at Comcast Center, bringing the Terps to 10 scheduled nonconference games. The Golden Hurricanes are coached by Danny Manning, Terrapins Coach Mark Turgeon’s former teammate at Kansas. Add this to the two ACC “Big Monday” games announced last week, and Maryland’s schedule is finally taking shape.
Three games are still unannounced and are expected to be mid-major, relatively low-RPI teams, though not as low as, say, South Carolina State. Suffice to say, all will be home games. The full schedule is expected to be released before September’s end, though Maryland is tied to the ACC’s announcement calendar at this point.
UPDATE (12:23 p.m.): An Abilene Christian University spokesman said that Maryland will host the Wildcats on Nov. 13 at Comcast Center. Abilene Christian is currently transitioning to Division I, so this game will not count against Maryland’s RPI. Basically, it’s a win-win scenario, the only cost coming towards bringing the Wildcats to College Park.
MARYLAND’S NONCONFERENCE SCHEDULE, SO FAR
Nov. 8: vs. Connecticut at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Nov. 17: Oregon State
Nov. 22-25: Paradise Jam in U.S. Virgin Islands (Maryland opens against Marist, then plays either Loyola Marymount or Northern Iowa and then a final game against Providence, Vanderbilt, La Salle or Morgan State)
Nov. 29: Morgan State
Dec. 4: at Ohio State
Dec. 8: vs. George Washington at Verizon Center
Dec. 14: Florida Atlantic
Dec. 29: Tulsa
MARYLAND’S KNOWN CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
Feb. 10: at Virginia
Feb. 24: vs. Syracuse
TBD road games: Duke, UNC, N.C. State, Clemson, Boston College, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Florida State
TBD home games: Notre Dame, Miami, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Florida State