Feb 27, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Maryland Terrapins guard/forward Jake Layman (10) drives to the basket against Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets guard Brandon Reed (23) in the first half at McCamish Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
After learning the non-conference schedule in recent weeks, the Maryland men’s basketball team learned their entire schedule on Wednesday afternoon. With this being the Terps final season in the ACC, the schedule makers weren’t exactly expected to be kind to them.
As we previously knew, Maryland will open up the season on Nov. 8 against Connecticut at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The ACC schedule begins on Dec. 12 when the Terps travel to Chestnut Hill to take on Boston College. It is a bit odd since the non-conference schedule will be still ongoing when they face the Eagles. The non-conference slate finishes up on Dec. 31 when the Terps host North Carolina Central at the Comcast Center.
Maryland gets back to their ACC slate when Georgia Tech comes to town on Jan. 4. Of course, the Terps got the shaft in terms of marquee opponents. Maryland will face N.C. State (Jan. 20), North Carolina (Feb. 4), and Duke (Feb. 15) on the road in their only meetings this season. The biggest opponents that will making their way to College Park are Notre Dame (Jan. 15) and Pittsburgh (Jan. 25). Syracuse (Feb. 24) is listed as a home game but will be played in Atlanta. The Terps will face Pittsburgh, Florida State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, It is worth noting that three of Maryland’s final four games are at home. They will close out the season with Virginia Tech and Virginia in College Park.
The Terps will appear on national television (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, or CBS) 14 times during the 2013-2014 regular season. If you want to take a peak at the complete schedule, head here.
As much as it would’ve been nice to have Duke and North Carolina at home, the schedule itself isn’t a bad draw by any means. The schedule is pretty manageable with the Tobacco Road threesome being pretty-well spread out. Over the final eight games, only Syracuse and Duke are overly tough games. The Terps have a great chance to put together an NCAA tournament team and should have a good resume to do it. The national exposure will be great for recruits and clearly moving to the B1G hasn’t slowed things down at all. It honestly could’ve been worse. Let’s hope that Maryland can go out with a strong showing in the league and show the ACC what they’ll be missing next year.