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A guide to Maryland athletics’ jam-packed weekend

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

Alexander Jonesi

With fall sports in conference tournaments and winter sports starting up, Maryland athletics’ schedule is getting crowded. Seven teams are in action this weekend, so it could be a long weekend in front of the couch (or computer) for Terps fans. If you didn’t know so much was going on this weekend, you’re in luck. We’ve compiled all the information for you.


1:30 p.m.: No.7 Maryland field hockey starts off the action-filled weekend with a Big Ten semifinals matchup against No. 5 Penn State in East Lansing. The Terps beat the Nittany Lions in overtime 2-1, on senior day on Oct. 15.

Maryland would play the winner of No. 3 Michigan-No. 9 Northwestern for the Big Ten championship on Sunday if they win later today.

6 p.m.: No. 15 Maryland women’s basketball takes on Bowie State in its final exhibition game. The Terps beat Glenville State by 69 points last Sunday, and should win this one by a wide margin as well.

8 p.m.: Maryland volleyball starts its toughest stretch of the season against No. 5 Minnesota. The Terps dropped both matches to the Gophers in straight sets last season.

All day: Men’s golf competes in the Battle of Stono Ferry in Hollywood, South Carolina. It’s the team’s last tournament of the fall. The Terps have finished fifth or higher in every tournament so far.


Noon: The wrestling team opens its season at No. 12 Rutgers. This was supposed to be part of the all day festivities at Yankee Stadium, but it was switched back to Piscataway in case the Yankees made the World Series (they didn’t). The Terps have a few nationally ranked wrestlers, but don’t have the depth to compete with the Scarlet Knights.

The team is also scheduled to compete at the Princeton Tigers Open and the Hokie Open this weekend.

3:30 p.m.: Maryland football travels to Rutgers for the main event of the day. A win would put the Terps just one win away from bowl eligibility and match their conference win total from last season.

8 p.m.: Volleyball heads to Madison to take on No. 8 Wisconsin. The Badgers swept the Terps on Oct. 18.


1 p.m.: Men’s soccer looks to stop its four-game losing streak when they take on Wisconsin in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals. The Terps are now down to No. 24 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll, and may need to win multiple conference tournament games to even host an NCAA Tournament match.

Maryland beat Wisconsin, 5-4, in Madison on Oct. 13 thanks to an Eryk Williamson hat trick.

In other news

Maryland men’s basketball had no trouble in against Randolph-Macon in yesterday’s exhibition. Here are some key takeaways from the game.

The Terps also have options at power forward, with Ivan Bender leading the pack.

Maryland remains among five-star center Moses Brown’s top choices, but he’s not ready to commit just yet.

Women’s basketball will start the season ranked 15th in the AP Poll. It’s the team’s lowest preseason ranking since 2010.

Here’s The Diamondback on Class of 2018 offensive tackle Jaelyn Duncan.

Michal Cekovsky is ready to put his injuries behind him, writes The Baltimore Sun’s Don Markus.

Correction: This story initially said the Battle of Stono Ferry was the men’s golf team’s second to last fall tournament. It is actually their last since Big Ten Match Play is in February. The story has been updated.