I know this is complete speculation, but I feel this would improve our program from level of competition, better recruits, better fan involvement and much more experienced players on our roster. Granted I agree that our roster has not warranted playing great competition, but its time now. This years team is evidence on what happens when a team doesn't play many competitive games in the non conference schedule. Outside of the second half against Duke, Maryland has competed very well against the better teams.
The worst thing Maryland has continued to do is schedule such poor non conference games. The Terps should not play a team ranked less then 275 and no more then a handful of games against teams ranked over 200. I have a feeling if Maryland remains a .500 team in ACC play come selection Sunday, Maryland will be on the outside looking in. I truly believe that a team plays up and down to the level of their competition. For instance Stony Brook is a solid mid major and a tea that Maryland should not sweat over playing and that win is a top 100 win, but the SC State and UMES are games that have killed our SOS and RPI rankings and those are games my YMCA team could win.
Turgeon has been pushing for the fans to fill the arena every game, which if I was a local still I would attend as many games with my kids as possible, but that is just because I like college basketball. The thing I have learned in modern day sports is that you have to put a worthy product on the field/court in order to get fans to pay what it costs. The level of competition that fans have been privileged to at College Park in recent years is just pathetic!!! Scheduling a couple big time games as in 2-3 games would be so beneficial for the program across the board, the return would be incredible.
If the Terps want to return to a consistent Top 10-25 program these changes are needed. Recruits want to play against top level competition to market their skill set, current players improve their play when they play against better competition, fans will flood Comcast if you give them appetizing opponents to watch and last and not least Maryland generates much higher revenue from these games and the department can actual balance their budget. I know this is only Turges second year and he has not had much to do with scheduling, but moving forward its all his to pick and choose. The move to the B1G will draw a lot of buzz having big name programs coming to CP that we have faced on a continual basis, but how about partnering with Duke and UNC on having non conference games after our move.
What are your thoughts?
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