Seventeen of the Maryland men’s basketball team’s 31 regular season games will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks, according to the finalized television schedule released Wednesday afternoon.
In its final ACC season before departing to the Big Ten, Maryland’s “rivalry” games against Virginia and Pittsburgh — in quotes only because the conference deems it as much — received top television billing. The Terrapins host Pittsburgh on Jan. 25 (ESPN), visit Virginia on Feb. 10 (ESPN) and, in their last ACC regular season game, host the Cavaliers on March 9 at noon, the only Maryland game broadcast on CBS.
Syracuse’s first trip to Comcast Center as an ACC member, on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m., received a prime-time ESPN slot, and a 6 p.m. tip-off at Duke on Feb. 15 — quite possibly the final matchup for some time between the longstanding rivals — will be on either ESPN or ESPN2.
Otherwise, Maryland opens the season on ESPN2 against Connecticut at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Its home date on Nov. 17 with Oregon State, coached by President Obama’s brother-in-law Craig Robinson, received an ESPNU listing, while the Paradise Jam tournament will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.
Other notable ESPN2 broadcasts include the ACC/Big Ten Challenge game at Ohio State on Dec. 4, a trip to Pittsburgh on Jan. 6, Notre Dame’s visit to College Park on Jan. 15, and the Florida State matchup at home on Feb. 8.
All told, the Terps have three games on ESPN, five on ESPN2, six on ESPNU, two on WatchEspn.com, three on regional sports networks, six on the ACC Network, one on CBS, the Paradise Jam on the CBS Sports Network and the undecided Duke game.
The full schedule can be viewed here.