According to Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post, Maryland is going to host Oregon State at the Comcast Center next season. An exact date has yet to be determined. The Terps have never played Oregon State before in basketball.
Oregon State finished with a 14-18 record this season and isn’t exactly a humongous match-up. However it will help as a resume builder during the non-conference schedule. One of the biggest strikes against Maryland this past season was that their non-conference schedule was extremely weak. Regardless of if the Beavers are good or not next season, they do play in a conference (the Pac 12). This past NCAA tournament, the Pac 12 had five total teams compete, up from only two the previous year.
Oregon State returns four of their top five scorers from a season ago in forward/center Roberto Nelson (17.8 PPG), forward Devon Collier (12.6 PPG), center Angus Brandt (11.3 PPG), and guard Ahmad Starks (10.4 PPG). The Beavers lost 14 of their 18 games in conference play and their only notable victory was against Colorado. However, they did finish with a 21-15 record in the 2011-2012 season and appeared in the CBI postseason tournament.
So far, we know that the Terps will face Connecticut (at Barclays Center), George Washington (BB&T Classic), and now Oregon State. They will also appear in the Paradise Jam tournament in the U.S. Virgin Islands and will face Marist in the first round. Paradise Jam’s other participants are Loyola Marymount, Northern Iowa, Providence, Vanderbilt, Morgan State, and La Salle. There are a few opportunities early on in the season for resume-building wins. Connecticut, Providence, Vanderbilt, and La Salle are all solid programs. Now the Terps likely won’t face all of those teams and will only face one of Providence, Vanderbilt, and La Salle if they get to the championship game of the tournament.