Just got the new men's hoops schedule for the upcoming season and, like that bald insurance salesman says in Groundhog Day, it's a doozy. Terps are the only ACC team to play home and away against UNC and Duke, which coach Gary points out in the official press release, apparently already preparing his notes for why the Terps won't make the tournament. Oh, come now, I kid our beloved coach, now entering his 20th season at the helm. http://umterps.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/082608aae.html/
Terps also have games against Michigan State, Michigan, GW, perhaps Gonzaga, and those giant killers from American University are back for more.
With the off balance ACC schedule the Terps and everyone else in the league plays every since those money grubbing bastards at the league office ruined the perfect harmony of the round robin hoops schedule a few years ago so that they could beef up football by poaching the Big East and wrecking 8 other conferences in the process in order to watch Va. Tech play in the ACC football championship game every year, Maryland plays only the following league teams twice: Duke, Carolina, Virginia, Georgia Tech and Miami. (Duke and UVa are on the schedule twice every year, the rest rotate).
Terps play at home against Boston College, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech; and on the road at NC State, Florida State and Clemson.
Notes from the official press release (in case you weren't sure, the comments above were NOT from the official press release)
Other highlights on the schedule include an ACC/Big 10 Challenge matchup in Comcast Center with Michigan, a battle against George Washington in the BB&T Classic at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., and non-conference home games against two opponents which won the regular-season title in their respective leagues – Morgan State (MEAC) and American (Patriot).
The Terps have a seven-game homestand between Dec. 12 and Jan. 10, with the final game in that stretch being a Comcast Center matchup with Georgia Tech that serves as the ACC opener. Maryland will play all 16 of its conference games in a row, including back-to-back home games against North Carolina (Feb. 21) and Duke (Feb. 25).
The Terps open play at home on Friday, Nov. 14 against Bucknell.
2008-09 MARYLAND MEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
Day Date Opponent Time Television
Sat. Nov. 8 NORTHWOOD (Exhibition) 2:00 --
Fri. Nov. 14 BUCKNELL 8:00 --
Tue. Nov. 18 YOUNGSTOWN STATE 8:00 --
Fri. Nov. 21 VERMONT 8:00 --
Thu. Nov. 27 vs. Michigan State (Old Spice Classic, Orlando) 7:00 ESPN2
Fri. Nov. 28 vs. Gonzaga/Oklahoma State (Old Spice Classic) TBA TBA
Sun. Nov. 30 at Old Spice Classic, Orlando TBA TBA
Wed. Dec. 3 MICHIGAN (ACC/Big 10 Challenge) 7:30 ESPNU
Sun. Dec. 7 vs. George Washington (BB&T Classic, Verizon Center) TBA TBA
Fri. Dec. 12 DELAWARE STATE 8:00 CSN
Mon. Dec. 22 AMERICAN 8:00 CSN
Sat. Dec. 27 BRYANT 2:00 CSN
Tue. Dec. 30 ELON 8:00 --
Sat. Jan. 3 CHARLOTTE Noon or 1:00 CSN
Wed. Jan. 7 MORGAN STATE 8:00 CSN
Sat. Jan. 10 GEORGIA TECH* Noon Raycom Split
Wed. Jan. 14 at Miami* 9:00 Raycom Split
Sat. Jan. 17 at Florida State* Noon Raycom Split
Tue. Jan. 20 VIRGINIA* 8:00 Raycom Split
Sat. Jan. 24 at Duke* Noon ESPN
Tue. Jan. 27 BOSTON COLLEGE* 7:30 ESPN2
Sat. Jan. 31 MIAMI* 8:00 Raycom Split
Tue. Feb. 3 at North Carolina* 8:00 Raycom/ESPN2
Sun. Feb. 8 at Georgia Tech* 7:30 FSN
Sat. Feb. 14 VIRGINIA TECH* 4:00 Raycom Split
Tue. Feb. 17 at Clemson* 7:30 ESPN2
Sat. Feb. 21 NORTH CAROLINA* 3:30 ABC
Wed. Feb. 25 DUKE* 9:00 ESPN
Sun. Mar. 1 at NC State* 7:30 FSN
Tue. Mar. 3 WAKE FOREST* 9:00 RSN
Sat. Mar. 7 at Virginia* 3:30 ABC
March 12-15 at ACC Tournament (Georgia Dome, Atlanta)
March 19 & 21 at NCAA First & Second Rounds (Greensboro, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Portland)
March 20 & 22 at NCAA First & Second Rounds (Boise, Dayton, Miami, Minneapolis)
March 26 & 28 at NCAA Regionals (Boston, Phoenix)
March 27 & 29 at NCAA Regionals (Indianapolis, Memphis)
April 4 & 6 at NCAA Final Four (Detroit)
* - Atlantic Coast Conference game
All times and dates subject to change; All times Eastern; Home games played at Comcast Center (17,950) listed in BOLD CAPS
Radio – All games on the Maryland Sports Radio Network (Flagships: ESPN 1300AM, WJFK-FM 106.7) and umterps.com
TV Key – ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ABC, Fox Sports Net (FSN) – national broadcasts;
Raycom Sports network; Comcast SportsNet (CSN); Regional Sports Network (TSN) – regional broadcasts.
OH YEAH! the blue and the turtles face off in a game for Gluck and I to cheer on both sides -- well, Gluck is definitely on the turtle side. Anyway -- last time UM and UM played was in the tourney in 1994 (had to look up the year) in a Sweet Sixteen matchup where I found myself rooting for the Blue (that blue team had the fab fives, sans Webber and went to the elite 8) I remember that for drinking a lot in my Royal Oak apartment and waking up at 7am where I had a 7:30am flight -- I forget where I was going -- but I made it. good times. Go Blue!
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