Big Ten Announces 2014-15 Men’s Basketball Home and Away Opponents
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Big Ten Conference announced on Friday the Maryland men’s basketball conference home and away opponents for the 2014-15 season.
The Terrapins’ inaugural Big Ten season features an exciting docket of home games, including five teams that qualified for the 2013 NCAA Tournament: Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Terps will also play Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State and Rutgers at home.
Maryland will play five home-and-home series, featuring Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State and Rutgers. It will also face Illinois, Iowa, Ohio State and Purdue on the road.
The Big Ten currently has five teams ranked in the Associated Press Top-25 – the most of any conference in the nation.
For ticketing information or questions, contact the Terrapin Ticket Office at 1-800-462-8377.
Below is Maryland’s home and away opponents for the 2014-15. Dates and times for the games will be announced at a later date.
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The fourth-seeded Maryland women’s basketball team will take on fifth-seeded Michigan State Monday at 7 p.m. in the NCAA Second Round at Comcast Center. Tickets are still available on UMTerps.com.
Monday’s game will be shown live on ESPN2 and ESPN3. The winner of the Terps-Spartans matchup will advance to Bridgeport, Conn. for the Regional Semifinals Saturday at noon.
The Terrapins (28-5) advanced to the Second Round with a 72-52 win over 13th-seeded Quinnipiac Saturday in College Park. Alyssa Thomas had 29 points and 13 rebounds and Tianna Hawkins had 23 points and 16 rebounds for Maryland. Alicia DeVaughn added a career-high 17 rebounds and Katie Rutanhad her career-high 11 boards.
In last year’s NCAA Tournament run, the second-seeded Terps advanced all the way to the Elite Eight. They beat Navy and Louisville in College Park, then came back from an 18-point deficit to knock off defending national champion Texas A&M, 81-74, in the Sweet Sixteen.
This marks Maryland’s 21st NCAA Tournament appearance and ninth in head coach Brenda Frese’s11 years. She’s led Maryland to four Elite Eights, four Sweet Sixteens, a Final Four and the 2006 NCAA Championship. Her all-time record with Maryland in the Tournament is 20-7 (.741). The Terps are 9-2 (.818) in NCAA Tournament games in Comcast Center.
Now in her 11th season at Maryland, Frese was voted ACC Coach of the Year by her peers. Junior Alyssa Thomaswas voted ACC Player of the Year for the second straight season and is the first Terrapin to earn the award twice. She led the league in points (18.4), rebounds (10.5) and assists (5.5).
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Jesse Thomas, who died at the age of 84 last Wednesday, spent more than 40 years at Morgan State University.
While at Morgan State, Thomas was the defensive coordinator for legendary head coach Earl Banks and was Bears’ head coach from 1985-87. In addition, he worked as an assistant athletic director, coached track & field and was the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) coordinator for 28 years.
Thomas was an outstanding athlete who participated in basketball, baseball, track and football during his prep career at Flint Central High School in Michigan, making him possibly the greatest four-sport star in the school’s history.
During his high school days, Jesse was known as a triple threat performer in football as a result of his ability to run, pass and kick. Some of his achievements included: All-Valley, All-City and All-State in 1945. He was also City Athlete of the Year in 1945. He was the State broad jump champion in 1945, and set records as best hurdler (14.9) and City Pole Vaulter (12’2″). In 1946 he was undefeated in 16 events, and had the most outstanding performance in the State meet.
Thomas earned All-Valley second team basketball honors in 1946. He was also an outstanding pitcher in baseball at Central and the Flint City League.
Not only was he a fine running back, but he was also a defensive standout. His great exploits continued at Michigan State University. Thomas received Honorable Mention All-American in 1951 while playing under head coach Clarence “Biggie” Munn.
As a member of Michigan State’s track team, he won four first places in a Big Ten Conference outdoor meet in 1951. That same year he won four first place finishes in the Big Ten Conference indoor meet. He once ran a 9.6 in the 100-yard dash.
During a two-month tour of Japan, he represented the United States Amateur Athletic Union and earned 33 medals. He bettered the hop-step-jump AAU record with his 47 feet 8 inches. Thomas played professional ball with the Baltimore Colts as a defensive back with Don Shula (Miami Dolphins coach), Carl Taseff and Bert Rechicher in 1955-1957.
Some of the highlights of Jesse’s 1945 school year included:
• Touchdowns run from scrimmage-95, 84, 70 and 90 yard touchdown through four tacklers and reversed his field, causing the opponents coach to remark “he wasn’t tired, can you believe it.”
• Punt returns of 62 and 59 yards in the same game for touchdowns.
• Passing for touchdowns of 40, 46, 53 and 60 yards.
• Finished second in scoring in Saginaw Valley.
Thomas most recently finished up as an assistant professor at Morgan State and was the Kicking Coach under head coach Donald Hill-Eley in 2010.
Thomas is survived by his wife, Ida, and his daughter, Marzella. He is also survived by his two grandchildren.
The 14th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods on Nov. 27-28 will be highlighted by North Carolina at Indiana, Ohio State at Duke and North Carolina State at Michigan, six programs expected to be highly ranked entering the 2012-13 season. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise all 12 games of the two-day event matching top college basketball programs playing for conference supremacy and the Commissioners Cup.
All 12 games will also be available via WatchESPN, which delivers live access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 on PCs, smartphones and tablets to fans who receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription from Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks or Verizon FiOS TV.
The 2012 Challenge involves nine teams ranked in an ESPN.com early preseason top 25, including five of the top nine: No. 1 Indiana, No. 5 Michigan, No. 6 NC State, No. 8 Ohio State and No. 9 Michigan State.
The ACC won the first 10 Challenges while the Big Ten captured the Commissioner Cup for the third consecutive event, including an eight to four win advantage over the ACC last year. In the event of a 6-6 tie, the Commissioner’s Cup will remain with the conference that won the previous year. 2012 Challenge highlights:
Off a Ratings High: ESPN’s telecast of Ohio State’s 85-63 victory over Duke last year was the highest-rated and most-viewed Challenge game ever, averaging a 2.6 rating and 2,618,000 households. The telecast propelled ESPN to its most-viewed Challenge, averaging 1,555,000 households, based on a 1.6 rating.
One more Shot at the Dozen: Duke, which has won 11 of its 13 Challenge games, will host Ohio State in its quest for an event-record 12th victory. Duke lost to Ohio State last year and to Wisconsin in 2009.
First Challenge Matchups: Four of the telecasts will feature first-time Challenge matchups: Virginia at No. 22 Wisconsin, Maryland at Northwestern, No. 9 Michigan State at Miami and Georgia Tech at Illinois.
In addition to first-time Challenge games, several of the teams are infrequent opponents: Michigan State and Miami have never met; Northwestern and Maryland played one other time, a Northwestern victory in 1958; Virginia and Wisconsin split its two games, Virginia in 1975 and Wisconsin in 1999; and Illinois has defeated Georgia Tech in six of its seven games, including the last one in 2001.
Tourney Teams: Eleven teams between the two conferences played in the 2012 NCAA Tournament: Duke, Florida State, North Carolina, NC State and Virginia from the ACC, and Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin from the Big Ten.
Following a First with a Rematch: Boston College and Penn State and Nebraska and Wake Forest will follow first-time Challenge meetings with a second consecutive showdown in the event.
Boston College, which won its first five games, lost to Penn State last year, while Nebraska lost its Challenge debut to Wake Forest.
Threepeat: Five of the games will mark three-time Challenge matchups: North Carolina at Indiana (Indiana win in 2001 and North Carolina in 2004), NC State at Michigan (Michigan win in 2003 and NC State in 2006), Ohio State at Duke (Duke win in 2002 and Ohio State in 2011), Iowa at Virginia Tech (won by Virginia Tech in 2006 and 2009) and Purdue at Clemson (Purdue win in 2003 and Clemson in 2007).
Three and one more: Minnesota and Florida State will meet for the fourth time (Minnesota won in 2000 and Florida State in 2004 and 2007).
2012 ACC/Big Ten Challenge schedule (times and networks are to be determined):
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland women’s basketball team earned a No. 2 seed in the 2012 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. The Terrapins (28-4) will take on the Patriot League champion Navy (18-13) Saturday at 11:15 a.m. in Comcast Center. The game will be shown on ESPN2.
Maryland will make its 20th NCAA Tournament appearance and eighth under head coach Brenda Frese this weekend. Seventh-seeded Louisville (22-9) will take on 10th-seeded Michigan State (20-11) at approximately 1:30 Saturday. The winners of the Terps-Midshipmen and Cardinals-Spartans games will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in Comcast Center.
The Terrapins are in the Raleigh region, in which Notre Dame is the No. 1 seed and the 2011 national champion Texas A&M is the No. 3 seed.
Frese and the Terps have won their last seven straight games and 10 of their last 11 heading into Saturday’s matchup. Most recently, they won the program’s 10th ACC title on March 4. They beat Georgia Tech, 68-65, behind 29 points from ACC Player of the Year Alyssa Thomas.
The Terrapins are 45-28 (.616) all-time in NCAA Tournament games. Frese owns an NCAA Tournament record of 17-7 (.708) and 16-6 (.727). Frese has led the Terps to three Elite Eights and the 2006 national championship.