Maryland men's basketball team to open Big Ten schedule at home vs. Purdue on Dec. 1

Maryland will host reigning Big Ten regular-season champion Purdue in this year’s conference opener on Dec. 1, then travel to Illinois two days later as 2017-18 league play starts nearly a month earlier than usual.

The early start to league play is to help compensate for the Big Ten playing its postseason tournament at New York’s Madison Square Garden a week ahead of the rest of the Power Five conferences.

The Big Ten released its schedule for the upcoming season Wednesday.

The Boilermakers, who saw Big Ten Player of the Year Caleb Swanigan leave after his sophomore year, will be one of five schools the Terps will play both home and away. Maryland will visit Mackey Arena on Jan. 31.

Coach Mark Turgeon’s team will also play twice against Penn State (Jan. 2 at home, Feb. 7 in State College), Michigan State (Jan. 4 in East Lansing, Jan. 28 at home), Michigan (Jan. 15 in Ann Arbor, Feb. 24 at home) and Northwestern (Feb. 10 at home, Feb. 19 in Chicago)

Maryland will face four teams only at home: Iowa (Jan. 7), Minnesota (Jan. 18), Wisconsin (Feb. 4) and Rutgers (Feb. 17). Conversely, the Terps will face three teams aside from Illinois only on the road: at Ohio State (Jan. 11), at Indiana (Jan. 22) and at Nebraska (Feb. 13).

“This is a really tough league with very talented teams and this is by far the strongest conference schedule we’ve had since entering the Big Ten,” Turgeon said in a statement. “It is also a very impressive and competitive home schedule — which will be great for our fans.”

The Big Ten tournament will be held Feb. 28 to March 4.

Full 2017-18 Maryland Schedule

Thurs., Nov. 2­­ — Randolph Macon (Ex.)

Fri., Nov. 10 — at Stony Brook (at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum)

Sun., Nov. 12 — UMES

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

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this schedule had wrong dates for the first three games.

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