After going 3-0 in the first three Gavitt Games, Maryland men’s basketball won’t participate in the 2018-19 event, Jon Rothstein reported Monday night.
The Terps are one of six Big Ten teams and two Big East teams that were not selected to play, along with Michigan State, Iowa, Purdue, Northwestern, Minnesota, Butler and Providence. Maryland topped Georgetown in a home-and-home series in the first two Gavitt Games, and knocked off Butler last season at the Xfinity Center.
So far, four of Maryland’s 11 non-conference games have been revealed, and the Gavitt Games were expected to be included in that count. Outside of its 20-game conference slate, the only known teams on the Terps’ schedule are Marshall, Navy, Mount St. Mary’s and Hofstra, with no dates attached to any of those yet. Of those, only Marshall made the NCAA Tournament in 2017-18, with the Thundering Herd upsetting Wichita State and making it to the Round of 32.
Maryland still has a yet-unnamed Big Ten/ACC Challenge machup that’s expected to be a home game, but outside of that, there’s been no indication of how the Terps will fill out their schedule. There will also be no early-season tournament for Maryland for the first time this decade, and especially without the Gavitt Games, the Terps are once again at risk of scheduling too easily out-of-conference.
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