According to CBSSports.com’s Jon Rothstein, the Maryland Terrapins basketball team is headed out West to the Sooner State next year. Per a tweet by Rothstein Wednesday afternoon, the Terps will be playing the Okahoma State Cowboys in 2014:
If the tweet is correct, and we’re going to assume it is given Rothstein’s track record, that gives the Terrapins two locked in games over the next two seasons against a Big 12 powerhouse in the Cowboys. The Terps would be traveling to Stillwater, Okla. next year to play in Gallagher-Iba Arena, and in 2016 Oklahoma State would travel to College Park to complete the series.
Color me excited about this one. Oklahoma State may not be a juggernaut, but they’re darn close. The Cowboys have made the NCAA tournament 12 out of the last 16 years, and are a staple when it comes to the discussion on “teams that are good for college basketball.” They’re fun to watch, play a fast-paced style of hoops that pushes their opponents outside of comfort zones, and end up scoring a whole lot of points. They’ve had some recent draft picks, too, which means Maryland might get to go up against an NBA player or two. They also play in the Big 12, a conference the Terps are generally unfamiliar with on the basketball court.
In some folks eyes, the Cowboys may have underachieved of late, but that’s of no concern for Maryland. They just bolstered their OOC schedule in a big way, and that’s going to be a boon for the Terps down the line as they vie for a tournament bid. Competition is always good. Next year’s squad is going to look almost entirely unfamiliar to the team from two years ago, with Wiley, Cekovsky, Trimble, and Nickens as sophomores and Robert Carter making his first appearance for the Terps. We’ll get a chance to see how talented they are together against good competition pretty early now.