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Maryland women announce 2014-2015 conference hoops schedule

Posted on 21 August 2014 by WNST Staff

CHICAGO, Ill.  – The Maryland women’s basketball team released its 2014-15 Big Ten schedule Thursday and will host all five of the league’s 2014 NCAA Tournament teams at XFINITY Center.

Coming off of their fifth Final Four, the Terrapins will host NCAA Tournament participants Purdue, Michigan State, Iowa, Nebraska and Penn State in College Park. They will have home and away matchups with Michigan State, Nebraska, Rutgers and Penn State.

Game times and television designations for all 18 conference games will be announced at a later date.

The Terps will welcome the Ohio State Buckeyes to XFINITY Center in their first-ever conference matchup on Monday, Dec. 29. Maryland beat Ohio State, 67-55 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge this past December in College Park.

Maryland will then head to 2014 Big Ten champion Nebraska for a game Sunday, Jan. 3 before returning home to host Purdue on Thursday, Jan. 8. Then, the Terps will hit the road for two games. They will play at Minnesota on Sunday, Jan. 11 and at Rutgers on Thursday, Jan. 15.

The Terrapins will head back to College Park to host Illinois Sunday, Jan. 18 and Michigan State on Thursday, Jan. 22. They will close out the month of January with two more road games – at Indiana on Sunday, Jan. 25 and at Michigan on Thursday, Jan. 29.

The Iowa Hawkeyes will come to the XFINITY Center on Sunday, Feb. 1, then Maryland will make the short trip to Penn State for a matchup on Thursday, Feb. 5. The Terps will host Nebraska on Sunday, Feb. 8 and Rutgers on Tuesday, Feb. 10. After a six-day break, the Terrapins will play at Michigan State on Monday, Feb. 16 and at Wisconsin on Thursday, Feb. 19.

Penn State will make its return trip to College Park on Monday, Feb. 23, then Indiana will be the Terrapins’ Senior Night opponent on Thursday, Feb. 26. The Terps will close the regular season at Northwestern on Sunday, March 1.

The 2015 Big Ten Tournament will be March 4-8 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Maryland is 44-29 (.603) all-time against its 2014-15 Big Ten opponents and is 12-4 (.750) against them in head coach Brenda Frese’s 12 years. She is 24-10 (.706) all-time vs. Big Ten opponents.

In her one season coaching in the Big Ten (2001-02), Frese led Minnesota to a record of 22-8 overall, 11-5 in Big Ten play and an NCAA Tournament berth. She was named Associated Press National Coach of the Year in April 2002.

Maryland will open the 2014-15 season on Friday, Nov. 14 vs. Mount St. Mary’s. Game time will be announced at a later date.

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Maryland announces 2014-2015 basketball schedule

Posted on 21 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland Announces 2014-15 Men’s Basketball Schedule

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon announced the Maryland men’s basketball team’s 2014-15 schedule today.

The Terrapins’ schedule features 10 NCAA Tournament teams from last season, with a possible 11th depending on the outcome of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. Maryland is also scheduled to host perennial powers Michigan State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and Virginia at the XFINITY Center.

“We are excited to begin our inaugural season in the Big Ten Conference,” Turgeon said. “The Big Ten has been one of the best conferences over the past few years. We have a tremendous Big Ten schedule and a great home schedule for our fans. In addition, we’re looking to hosting one of our longtime rivals Virginia in non-conference play.”

Maryland opens its inaugural Big Ten Conference season with a trip to Michigan State on Dec. 30, followed by its first-ever home Big Ten match Jan. 3 against Minnesota at the XFINITY Center. It will mark the Terps’ first non-ACC conference game since they were members of the Southern Conference in 1952-53.

After a pair of road games against Illinois and Purdue, the Terps return home for contests against Rutgers (Jan. 14) and Michigan State (Jan. 17). The Spartans have visited College Park just one time in history, when they defeated Maryland, 95-75, in Cole Field House on Dec. 29, 1955. Michigan State memorably knocked the Terps out of the NCAA Tournament on a buzzer-beater in 2010.

The Terps will then visit Indiana in historic Assembly Hall on Jan. 22 for just the second time in history (2009), in addition to a road date with Ohio State on Jan. 29. Following four games to open February, Maryland will host three consecutive NCAA Tournament teams at the XFINITY Center: Nebraska (Feb. 19), Wisconsin (Feb. 24) and Michigan (Feb. 28).

Maryland closes its regular season with a pair of road matches at Rutgers (Mar. 3) and Nebraska (Mar. 8).

Highlighting Maryland’s non-conference schedule is a home bout with Virginia on Dec. 3 in the 16th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge as the longtime rivals meet for the first time as conference foes. The Terps closed out their tenure in the ACC last season with a thrilling 75-69 overtime victory over the fifth-ranked Cavaliers at the XFINITY Center.

Maryland has played Virginia more times (171) than any other team throughout its history, and holds a 107-74 advantage dating back to 1912-13.

The Terps’ non-conference schedule also features a first round matchup with NCAA Tournament qualifier Arizona State on Nov. 24 at the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, Mo. Iowa State and Alabama are featured on the other side of the bracket, with the winners and losers facing off Nov. 25.

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame head coach Gary Williams will also be inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame on Nov. 23 in Kansas City.

The Terps will also travel to Stillwater, Okla., for the first time in program history as it faces NCAA Tournament qualifier Oklahoma State. Maryland won the lone meeting between the teams, 50-49, on Dec. 16, 1966, at the Memphis Invitational.

Maryland will face defending MEAC champion and 2014 NCAA Tournament qualifier NC Central for the second consecutive season at the XFINITY Center on Dec. 10. The Terps were victorious, 70-56, in the inaugural meeting between the teams last season.

In addition to the aforementioned games above, the Terps’ non-conference schedule includes nine contests at the XFINITY Center and exhibitions against San Francisco State (Nov. 1) and Bowie State (Nov. 8).

The Terrapins open the season on Fri., Nov. 14 against Wagner, followed by games on Nov. 17 against Central Connecticut State and on Nov. 20 versus Fordham.

After traveling to Kansas City for the CBE Hall of Fame Classic, Maryland returns to the XFINITY Center for a match against Monmouth (Nov. 28).

The Terps will then restore an old rivalry with former Southern Conference foe VMI on Nov. 30. Though Maryland and VMI have met just once since 1953 (Maryland won, 99-68, in 2005), the teams met 51 times dating back to their inaugural matchup in 1911. The Terps lead the all-time series, 42-10.

Sandwiched between Maryland’s matchups with Virginia and NC Central is a Dec. 6 game against Winthrop, which has qualified for the NCAA Tournament five times in the last 10 years. The Terps are 4-0 all-time against the Eagles.

Maryland then closes out its non-conference schedule with first-time meetings against both USC Upstate (Dec. 13) and Oakland (Dec. 27). The Terps will also face Bowie State on a date yet to be determined.

 

2014 Maryland Men’s Basketball  Schedule

Non-Conference Schedule

Sat., Nov. 1         San Francisco State (Exhib.)

Sat., Nov. 8         Bowie State (Exhib.)

Fri., Nov. 14       Wagner

Mon., Nov. 17    Central Connecticut State

Thu., Nov. 20     Fordham

Mon., Nov. 24    vs. Arizona State (CBE Hall of Fame Classic)

Tue., Nov. 25     vs. TBD                (CBE Hall of Fame Classic)

Fri., Nov. 28       Monmouth

Sun., Nov. 30     VMI

Wed., Dec. 3       Virginia (ACC/Big Ten Challenge)

Sat., Dec. 6          Winthrop

Wed., Dec. 10    NC Central

Sat., Dec. 13       USC Upstate

Sun., Dec. 21      at Oklahoma State

Sat., Dec. 27       Oakland

 

Conference Schedule

Tue., Dec. 30      at Michigan State

Sat., Jan. 3           Minnesota

Wed., Jan. 7        at Illinois

Sat., Jan. 10         at Purdue

Wed., Jan. 14     Rutgers

Sat., Jan. 17         Michigan State

Thu., Jan. 22       at Indiana

Sun., Jan. 25       Northwestern

Thu., Jan. 29       at Ohio State

Wed., Feb. 4       Penn State

Sun., Feb. 8         at Iowa

Wed., Feb. 11    Indiana

Sat., Feb. 14        at Penn State

Thu., Feb. 19      Nebraska

Tue., Feb. 24      Wisconsin

Sat., Feb. 28        Michigan

Tue., Mar. 3        at Rutgers

Sun., Mar. 8        at Nebraska

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Maryland announces name change for campus basketball arena

Posted on 28 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Renaming of University of Maryland Arena

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland athletics department announced today that the arena formerly known as the Comcast Center will be renamed the XFINITY Center, effective immediately. The renaming of the venue reflects the Xfinity brand’s strong awareness and resonance with consumers.

“We are excited to place the name Xfinity on this beloved University of Maryland sports venue,” said Tom Coughlin, senior vice president of Comcast’s Beltway region. “Our Xfinity brand represents our commitment to delivering an unparalleled, innovative entertainment experience to local consumers, and our partnership with the University of Maryland athletics department underscores this promise.”

The XFINITY Center is home to the University’s men’s and women’s basketball, gymnastics, volleyball, and wrestling teams, as well as the athletic department’s administrative offices and student-athlete Academic Support & Career Development Unit. Completed in 2002, the main arena seats up to 17,950 for basketball, and is the site of numerous campus events, concerts, graduations, and other events.

“We have enjoyed a longstanding and successful partnership with Comcast for more than a decade, and are excited to extend this relationship with the renaming of the XFINITY Center,” said Maryland director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “It is our goal to continue to provide our fans with a special gameday experience, and we look forward to unveiling new amenities at the XFINITY Center in the near future.”

The renaming to XFINITY Center is in accordance with the original partnership agreement between Comcast and the University of Maryland that allows Comcast – with mutual agreement – to utilize opportunities to extend its brand. The renaming efforts are taking place at no cost to the University of Maryland or Terrapin Athletics and are expected to be completed by mid-August.

-Maryland-

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