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Maryland-Penn State Gets Time and Channel Set: 9:15 on ESPN2

I'm not really sure why I'm writing the rest of this post, because it's basically all up there in the headline, but I guess I'll follow through with it: the Maryland-Penn State game, which goes down on December 1st in Happy Valley, will tip off at 9:15 and air on ESPN2. This comes from a variety of people in the Twitterverse.

All in all, it's a pretty nice treatment considering the teams and the impact of the game (read: not a big one). Maryland gets a bit of a lose-lose here in that it can't count as an impact OOC win but could really hurt them if they lose it; those types of games are rarely prime-time affairs on a major network. I was certainly expecting ESPNU for this game; Penn State and Maryland should both be okay, but I get the feeling it could be another bubble year for the Terps and the Nittany Lions will be lucky to get that.

For what it's worth, Penn State hasn't changed much since they were announced as a potential opponent. They still have Talor Battle, new recruit Taran Buie, and return their entire starting five. Jon Graham, a name you might remember, is in there for good measure, too. The presence of Battle, who will likely go head-to-head with Sean Mosley, is somewhat troubling, because he's the type of player that can go off on Maryland, and Mosley will be of utmost importance. But PSU lacks anyone that can contain Jordan Williams; they do have two 6-10 players, but they received minimal playing time last year.

As long as Maryland doesn't lose focus, this is a game they should win, and they'll do it on an easily accessible cable TV network.