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Maryland basketball’s Big Ten schedule includes 2 games in early December

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With the conference tournament moved up, the Terps will get a head start on conference play.

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After Maryland basketball announced its non-conference schedule on Monday, the Terps’ full 2017-18 schedule was released Wednesday, following the Big Ten announcing conference matchups.

Due to the conference tournament being moved up a week, the Terps will have two Big Ten matchups in the middle of their non-conference slate. Maryland opens Big Ten play at home against Purdue on Dec. 1, then will head to Illinois on Dec. 3.

Usually, conference games wouldn’t start until January, but both the Big Ten and Big East conference tournaments are being played at Madison Square Garden this season, so the Big Ten was forced to start conference games early. This means its teams will have a week off between the conference tournament and Selection Sunday.

Maryland then continues non-conference play against Ohio on Dec. 7 at the Xfinity Center. After a few more contests against mid-majors, the Terps will pick back up against Penn State on Jan. 2.

The Purdue and Illinois games come right after the Terps’ toughest part of their non-conference schedule, so it will interesting to see how Maryland responds to the test.