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Maryland men’s basketball releases 2020-21 nonconference schedule

The Terps’ slate is much less competitive than past years.

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With the clock winding down and nine days left before the start of the 2020-21 season, Maryland men’s basketball released its nonconference schedule Monday.

After facing the likes of Harvard, Marquette, Notre Dame and Seton Hall last year, the Terps will face considerably less competitive squads outside of the Big Ten this season. None of Maryland’s scheduled opponents finished with more than 18 total wins, and all but Monmouth didn’t secure more than nine victories in conference, in 2019-20.

Clemson is the only Power Five team the Terps will face outside of their conference, as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Dec. 9, though the Tigers finished with a 16-11 record in 2019-20, including 9-11 in conference. The two teams haven’t faced since Maryland’s ACC days; this will be their 132nd matchup all-time, 86 of which the Terps have come out victorious in. That contest will also be the team’s only one away from Xfinity Center.

The 2020 Gavitt Tipoff Games, which matched up Big Ten and Big East teams, were cancelled this season.

Head coach Mark Turgeon’s squad will start the season against Old Dominion (13-19, 9-9 C-USA) on Nov. 25 at Xfinity Center, marking the first meeting between the two teams since 1988.

The team will face Navy (14-16, 8-10 Patriot) and Mount St. Mary’s (11-21, 7-11 NEC) on Nov. 27 and 29, respectively, to close out the month. The Terps last faced the Midshipmen in an 78-57 victory on Nov. 9, 2018. They last played the Mountaineers that same season, taking a 92-77 win.

Maryland will kick off the next month against Monmouth (18-13, 2-8 MAAC) on Dec. 1, followed by a repeat matchup from last season against George Mason (17-15, 5-13 A10) on Dec. 4. The Terps won that contest handedly, 86-63.

The Terps’ final nonconference game will be against another Atlantic 10 team, La Salle (15-15, 6-12 A10) on Dec. 22. The the team will have an 12 day break leading up to that contest.

While its nonconference slate is quite underwhelming, Maryland will face stiff competition in the Big Ten this year. The conference has yet to release its schedule, but seven teams are ranked in preseason AP Top 25 poll, including three in the top-10.

  • No. 5 Iowa
  • No. 7 Wisconsin
  • No. 8 Illinois
  • No. 13 Michigan State
  • No. 23 Ohio State
  • No. 24 Rutgers
  • No. 25 Michigan