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Here’s Maryland women’s basketball’s Big Ten schedule

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

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Maryland women’s basketball now has a full schedule for the 2018-19 season.

Roughly three weeks after revealing their non-conference slate, the Terps announced an 18-game conference schedule Tuesday. That’s two more than last season; as a result, Maryland is down to 11 out-of-league contests, just like the men’s team.

It’s a balanced schedule, with only one set of back-to-back home games and one set of consecutive road games. The Terps will battle Penn State and Rutgers before the new year, then come back to play Ohio State in a conference title game rematch on Jan. 5 (although the Buckeyes will be without almost their whole core from last year, including record-breaking star Kelsey Mitchell). Maryland plays all those teams twice, in addition to home-and-homes with Illinois and Nebraska.

Here’s the Terps’ 2018-19 conference schedule.

Dec. 28 @ Penn State
Dec. 31 vs. Rutgers
Jan. 5 vs. Ohio State
Jan. 8 @ Nebraska
Jan. 12 vs. Michigan
Jan. 17 @ Michigan State
Jan. 20 vs. Penn State
Jan. 24 @ Ohio State
Jan. 27 @ Indiana
Jan. 31 vs. Wisconsin
Feb. 4 @ Illinois
Feb. 7 vs. Northwestern
Feb. 10 @ Rutgers
Feb. 14 vs. Nebraska
Feb. 17 @ Iowa
Feb. 21 vs. Minnesota
Feb. 25 @ Purdue
March 2 vs. Illinois

The Terps failed to capture the Big Ten regular season or tournament title last season; they won both in each of their first three years in the league. With most of last season’s roster returning, Maryland could be poised to return to the top of the conference.

In other news

The men’s schedule is out as well. With a 20-game slate, two games will take place in early December.

Maryland men’s soccer starts its season this weekend. It’s a different kind of Terps squad than we’re used to seeing.

(Oh, and the Ludwig Field opener? Just over a week away against three-time defending champion Stanford.)

From the Baltimore Sun, Maryland president Wallace Loh is receiving support from Jordan McNair’s father but scorn from former Terps quarterback Boomer Esiason. It’s unclear what Loh’s future holds, but we’ll probably find out before long.