Maryland basketball announces 2017-18 schedule

August 16, 2017 | WNST Staff


COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Head coach Mark Turgeon announced the Maryland men’s basketball team’s 2017-18 full schedule on Wednesday. Season tickets are on sale now starting as low as $359 and can be purchased by clicking here.

The Terps will welcome Big Ten foes Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers and Wisconsin to the XFINITY Center as they enter their fourth season in the conference. Maryland will potentially battle 14 teams that competed in postseason play a year ago, including eight that participated in the NCAA Tournament.

“This is a really tough league with very talented teams and this is by far the strongest conference schedule we have had since entering the Big Ten,” head coach Mark Turgeon said. “It is also a very impressive and competitive home schedule – which will be great for our fans. Every year there are different challenges, especially throughout league play, and this is season is no different with how good we anticipate the conference will be from top to bottom.”

Maryland opens Big Ten play at home against Purdue (Dec. 1) before making a trip to Illinois (Dec. 3). It marks the third consecutive season the Terps will open the conference season at home, winning both previous contests.

After a five-game non-conference stretch, the Big Ten slate will then resume after the holiday season as the Terps host Penn State (Jan. 2) and face Michigan State in East Lansing (Jan. 4).

After welcoming Iowa for a Sunday contest (Jan. 7), Maryland will hit the road for a two-game stretch against Ohio State (Jan. 11) and Michigan (Jan. 15).

The Terps will then embark on a four-game stretch that includes three NCAA Tournament participants from a season ago – home against Minnesota (Jan. 18) and Michigan State (Jan. 28) and on the road against Purdue (Jan. 31). The stretch also includes a date at Assembly Hall against Indiana (Jan. 22).

Maryland closes its slate with four of its last seven games at XFINITY Center, beginning with a matchup against Wisconsin (Feb. 4) and continuing with home games against Northwestern (Feb. 10), Rutgers (Feb. 17) and Michigan (Feb. 24). The three road games during the stretch are against Penn State (Feb. 7), Nebraska (Feb. 13) and Northwestern (Feb. 19).

The non-conference slate features home tilts against 2017 NCAA Tournament participants Butler and Bucknell in addition to a road test at the Carrier Dome against Syracuse in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and a trip to the Emerald Coast Classic in Destin, Fla.

Maryland will open up the season on the road, traveling to Stony Brook to take on the Seawolves at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Nov. 10 before hosting four straight at XFINITY Center, beginning with the home opener versus UMES Nov. 12.

The Terps will then square off with Butler as part of the third annual Gavitt Games in College Park Nov. 15 before concluding the four-game homestand with 2017 NCAA Tournament participant Bucknell Nov. 18 and Jackson State Nov. 20. The Terps are 2-0 in Gavitt Games play, defeating Georgetown in each of the past two seasons. Butler advanced to the Sweet Sixteen last season.

Maryland will seek a fifth consecutive holiday tournament crown when it travels to Destin, Fla., for the Emerald Coast Classic Nov. 24 and Nov. 25. The Terps will face St. Bonaventure in the opening round and will battle either 2017 NIT champion TCU or New Mexico the following day. Maryland won the Barclays Classic in 2016 after capturing the Cancun Classic (2015), the CBE Hall of Fame Classic (2014), and the Paradise Jam (2013).

A quick turnaround awaits following the Terps’ trip to the Sunshine State as the Big Ten/ACC Challenge looms large Nov. 27 at Syracuse.

Maryland wraps up the non-conference slate with five games at XFINITY including Ohio University (Dec. 7), Gardner Webb (Dec. 9), Catholic University (Dec. 12), Fairleigh Dickinson (Dec. 21) and UMBC (Dec. 29). Tickets for the Catholic matchup are currently on sale for just $5 in a special promotion expiring Aug. 31.

In addition, Maryland will host Randolph Macon in exhibition action at XFINITY on Thursday, Nov. 2.

The 2018 Big Ten Basketball Tournament will be played at Madison Square Garden with first round games beginning on Wed., Feb. 28 and finishing with the championship game on Sun., Mar. 4.

Maryland finished 24-9 a year ago and punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament for a third consecutive season. It was the first time in program history the Terps have won 24 games or more in the regular season three straight years.

The Terrapins have had immense success since joining the Big Ten, compiling a 38-16 conference record which ranks second during that span behind Wisconsin.

The Terps were second in the Big Ten and ranked seventh nationally in attendance in 2016-17, averaging 16,628 fans per game. Maryland boasted yet another top-15 ranked recruiting class in 2016, its sixth consecutive nationally-ranked recruiting class under Turgeon.

Game times and television broadcast designations will be announced at a later date.

2017-18 Maryland Schedule

Fri. Nov, 10­­ – Randolph Macon (Ex.)

Sun., Nov. 12 – at Stony Brook (at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum)

Wed., Nov. 15 – Butler (Gavitt Games)

Sat., Nov. 18 – Bucknell

Mon., Nov. 20 – Jackson State

Fri., Nov. 24 – vs. St. Bonaventure (Emerald Coast Classic)

Sat., Nov. 25 – vs. TCU/New Mexico (Emerald Coast Classic)

Mon., Nov. 27 – at Syracuse (Big Ten/ACC Challenge)

*Fri., Dec. 1 – Purdue

*Sun., Dec. 3 – at Illinois

Thurs., Dec. 7 – Ohio University

Sat., Dec. 9 – Gardner-Webb

Tues., Dec. 12 – Catholic

Thurs., Dec. 21 – Fairleigh Dickinson

Fri., Dec. 29 – UMBC

*Tues., Jan. 2 – Penn State

*Thurs., Jan. 4 – at Michigan State

*Sun., Jan. 7 – Iowa

*Thurs., Jan. 11 – at Ohio State

*Mon., Jan. 15 – at Michigan

*Thurs., Jan. 18 – Minnesota

*Mon., Jan. 22 – at Indiana

*Sun., Jan. 28 – Michigan State

*Wed., Jan. 31 – at Purdue

*Sun., Feb. 4 – Wisconsin

*Wed., Feb. 7 – at Penn State

*Sat., Feb. 10 – Northwestern

*Tues., Feb. 13 – at Nebraska

*Sat., Feb. 17 – Rutgers

*Mon., Feb. 19 – at Northwestern

*Sat., Feb. 24 – Michigan

Feb. 28 – Mar. 4 – Big Ten Tournament (Madison Square Garden)

* Big Ten Conference game