After a very impressive offseason, the Maryland men’s basketball program released their 2015-16 schedule on Thursday evening.
The Terps have a very difficult non-conference slate this season as they will face the likes of Georgetown (Nov. 17), North Carolina (Dec. 1), and Connecticut (Dec. 8). Only the Georgetown contest will be played at the Xfinity Center and the Terps will travel to Chapel Hill to face the Tar Heels and Madison Square Garden for a neutral matchup against the Huskies.
In terms of their conference campaign, Maryland will welcome teams such as Michigan, Ohio State, and Wisconsin to College Park. The Terps will also face all three schools on the road during the season.
Maryland also travels to Indiana, Michigan State, and Purdue. The Terps did defeat all three teams on at least one occasion a year ago.
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The Big Ten portion of the schedule begins very favorably for the Terps. They have two of the first three conference games at home, which happen to be Penn State (Dec. 30) and Rutgers (Jan. 6). Maryland does have to travel to Northwestern on Jan. 2 for a date with a team that would’ve upset them if not for last-second heroics from guard Dez Wells.
The next three games are where things may get difficult. Maryland has to face Wisconsin (Jan. 9) and Michigan (Jan. 12) on the road then follows that two-game road trip up with a date with Ohio State at the Xfinity Center on Jan. 16.
The season concludes with matchups at Purdue (Feb. 27), versus Illinois (Mar. 3), and at Indiana (Mar. 5 or 6).
While portions of the non-conference and conference schedule is rough, other parts are fairly manageable for the Terps. Maryland is going to have an absolutely loaded roster that is going to be at least eight or nine player deep. With all that talent, it could be a very special season in College Park.