The Big Ten released their 2014-2015 basketball schedule Thursday, Maryland's first as a member of the conference. Maryland will start conference play December 30 with a trip to Michigan State, with the first home game January 3 against Minnesota.
Update: Maryland followed up the announcement with their full schedule, included below.
The toughest portion of Maryland schedule will likely be in mid-to-late February, when the Terps will host Nebraska, Wisconsin and Michigan in the span of 10 days.
The Big Ten previously announced that they won't be preserving rivalries in basketball, instead opting to adopt a rotating schedule of opponents. Here is the breakdown of how that schedule will work, according to the Big Ten Network:
...the new league schedule system will rotate in three-year cycles. Each school will have five home-and-home foes each season, and eight single-play opponents. As with the previous scheduling format, every Big Ten team will face the rest of the league at least once for an 18-game conference menu.
While this will be Maryland's first season in the Big Ten, the Terrapins still have some history with several of the teams they'll now face on a regular basis. The Terps defeated Indiana to capture the 2002 National Title, have faced Michigan State multiple times in the NCAA tournament, and played several of the other teams as part of the Big Ten-ACC challenge.
The full slate for the Terps:
Sat., Nov. 1 San Francisco State (Exhib.)
Sat., Nov. 8 Bowie State (Exhib.)
Fri., Nov. 14 Wagner
Mon., Nov. 17 Central Connecticut State
Thu., Nov. 20 Fordham
Mon., Nov. 24 vs. Arizona State (CBE Hall of Fame Classic)
Tue., Nov. 25 vs. TBD (CBE Hall of Fame Classic)
Fri., Nov. 28 Monmouth
Sun., Nov. 30 VMI
Wed., Dec. 3 Virginia (ACC/Big Ten Challenge)
Sat., Dec. 6 Winthrop
Wed., Dec. 10 NC Central
Sat., Dec. 13 USC Upstate
Sun., Dec. 21 at Oklahoma State
Sat., Dec. 27 Oakland
Tue., Dec. 30 at Michigan State
Sat., Jan. 3 Minnesota
Wed., Jan. 7 at Illinois
Sat., Jan. 10 at Purdue
Wed., Jan. 14 Rutgers
Sat., Jan. 17 Michigan State
Thu., Jan. 22 at Indiana
Sun., Jan. 25 Northwestern
Thu., Jan. 29 at Ohio State
Wed., Feb. 4 Penn State
Sun., Feb. 8 at Iowa
Wed., Feb. 11 Indiana
Sat., Feb. 14 at Penn State
Thu., Feb. 19 Nebraska
Tue., Feb. 24 Wisconsin
Sat., Feb. 28 Michigan
Tue., Mar. 3 at Rutgers
Sun., Mar. 8 at Nebraska
The Terps were supposed to play Villanova as part of the Jimmy V. Classic, but have since withdrawn due to scheduling issues and will play in the event in 2016. It has also been confirmed that Maryland will not be participating in the BB&T Classic this season.