According to the Tulsa men’s basketball official website, Maryland will host the Golden Hurricanes on December 29 at the Comcast Center.
It was previously known that Tulsa was one of Maryland’s non-conference opponents for the 2013-2014 season. The Golden Hurricanes were 17-16 (8-8) and finished sixth in Conference USA last season. For years now, the conference has been dominated by Memphis under both John Calipari and Josh Pastner. Tulsa returns four of their top five leading scorers including Rashad Smith (14.5 PPG), James Woodard (12.0 PPG), Pat Swilling Jr. (10.7 PPG), and De’Andre Wright (8.5 PPG).
Tulsa had an RPI of 119 last season and is definitely a big step-up in terms of non-conference opponents. The Terps faced six teans with an RPI of 200 or worse during the 2012-2013 season, including IUPUI (326), South Carolina State (342), and Maryland Eastern-Shore (345). The only solid opponents that Maryland faced were Kentucky in the Barclays Center Classic, Northwestern in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and George Mason in the BB&T Classic.
Obviously, last year’s schedule was drawn up before Mark Turgeon and company knew that Dez Wells and Logan Aronhalt would be suiting up for the Terps. This coming season, Maryland has a strong returning team and has freshman point guard sensation Roddy Peters in the fold. Their schedule already looks to shades above last year’s as Maryland will face national powers Connecticut and Ohio State. That will definitely will help their resume come tournament time.
Here’s what we currently know about Maryland’s non-conference schedule:
Nov. 8: vs. Connecticut at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Nov. 13: vs. Abilene Christian
Nov. 17: vs. Oregon State
Nov. 22-25: vs. Marist and Loyola Marymount/Northern Iowa and Providence/Vanderbilt/Morgan State/La Salle (Paradise Jam at U.S. Virgin Islands)
Dec. 4: at Ohio State (ACC/Big Ten Challenge)
Dec. 8: vs. George Washington at Verizon Center (BB&T Classic)
Dec. 14: vs. Florida Atlantic
Dec. 21: vs. Boston University
Dec. 29: vs. Tulsa
Dec. 31: vs. North Carolina Central