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Maryland basketball to host Seton Hall as part of home-and-home series, per report

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The Terps won’t be in the Gavitt Games, but they’ve scheduled a Big East opponent anyway.

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Maryland basketball is finalizing a home-and-home series against Seton Hall with the first game in College Park on Dec. 22, Jon Rothstein reported Wednesday.

In each of the past three seasons, the Terps had played a Big East team as part of the Gavitt Games. After beating Georgetown once at home and once on the road, Maryland took down Butler at Xfinity Center last November. The Terps were not selected to play in the event this year, but they’ve filled that spot with a squad from the same conference.

It’s a strong addition to the Terps’ non-conference schedule, as the Pirates have made three consecutive NCAA Tournaments under head coach Kevin Willard. However, three of their top four scorers—guards Desi Rodriguez and Khadeen Carrington and forward Angel Delgado—have all departed, leaving Seton Hall with little returning production.

Maryland still has just two Power 6 opponents on its non-conference schedule, with the Pirates joining Virginia, who will visit College Park in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Terps have one other NCAA Tournament team—Marshall—on the early-season slate, which is currently filled out by Navy, Delaware, Hofstra and Mount St. Mary’s.

With the Big Ten instituting a 20-game league schedule, teams will play only 11 games out of conference. Maryland has four matchups have yet to be determined; expect those to trickle out over the coming months.