The Big Ten Network announced it will televise 14 of Maryland's regular season basketball games and ESPN and CBS will nationally televise as many as 16 games for the 2015-16 season.
BTN-aired games will include nine total non-conference games against Southern New Hampshire, Mount Saint Mary's, Rider, Cleveland State, St. Francis, Maryland Eastern Shore, Princeton, Marshall, and Bowie State and five conference games against Northwestern (twice), Rutgers, Nebraska and Minnesota. Last season Big Ten Network hosted 11 of the Terrapins conference games.
ESPN, who is in its second-to-last year of a 10-year $1 billion deal with the Big Ten, and CBS, who holds a 6-year $72 million deal, pieced together the rest of the air time for the projected no. 1 or 2 ranked Terrapins. At least 13 regular season games will air on ESPN's family of networks and as many as three will be shown on CBS. ESPN then takes the earlier rounds of the Big 10 tournament, and CBS will pick up the semi-finals and final game.
Maryland will be one of the most watched teams in the country next season with an already large fan-base, and a strong core of returning players that have marked their name on a national scale including First Team All-Big Ten point guard Melo Trimble and Third Team All-Big Ten small forward Jake Layman. Projected NBA lottery pick and 5-star recruit Diamond Stone also adds a new face that scouts and fans will want to draw their attention to.
With two 4-star commitments already for next year's season, expect more and more Terrapins games on national television annually.