High-profile games against Georgetown, North Carolina and Connecticut, Maryland's first appearance in Baltimore during Mark Turgeon's tenure, and a pair of games against in-state opponents highlight the Terps' 2015-16 nonconference schedule that was announced Tuesday.
Maryland, considered among the preseason favorites to contend for a national championship next season, will play the Hoyas at Xfinity Center on Nov. 17, the Tar Heels at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill on Dec. 1 and the Huskies at New York's Madison Square Garden on Dec. 8.
The Terps will face Princeton at Royal Farms Arena on Dec. 19.
Maryland will open the regular season in College Park against Mount St. Mary's on Nov. 13. The Terps host UMES on Dec. 12.
"We're excited to play a strong and competitive non-conference schedule that includes terrific marquee matchups featuring some of college basketball's perennial powers," Turgeon said in a statement. "This will provide great challenges and opportunities for our team prior to the start of conference play."
The Terps will play an exhibition game on Nov. 6 against Southern New Hampshire, where assistant coach Bino Ranson starred before graduating in 1999. The regular season opener is against assistant coach Cliff Warren's alma mater, where he played and later served as an assistant coach under the legendary Jim Phelan.
The much-anticipated game against Georgetown is part of the inaugural Gavitt Games and represents the first regularly scheduled meeting between the schools since an unranked Maryland team -- led by relatively unknown freshman Joe Smith -- upset the No. 15 Hoyas, 84-83 in overtime, during the 1993-94 season at the USAir Arena in Landover.
The game against the Tar Heels, who are also expected to be among the top teams in the country next season, is part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Turgeon has yet to beat his close friend and former boss at Kansas, Roy Williams, in the seven games the Terps played against North Carolina when they were still part of the ACC.
The game against the Huskies is a rematch of the 2013-14 season opener in the Barclays Center Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y., when the Terps lost to the eventual national champions, 78-77, when former star Dez Wells missed two shots in the waning seconds.
The Terps will also play in a regular season tournament outside the United States for the second time in Turgeon's five years, facing Illinois State on Nov. 24 and either Rhode Island or TCU on Nov. 25 in the Cancun Challenge. Maryland won the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2013-14.
Maryland will play its last non-conference game against Marshall Dec. 27 before starting in the Big Ten. The Terps, who finished 14-4 in their first season in the Big Ten and 28-7 overall, will likely go into their second year as prohibitive favorites.
2015-16 Non-Conference Schedule
Fri., Nov. 6 Southern New Hampshire (Exhibition)
Fri., Nov. 13 Mount St. Mary's
Tue., Nov. 17 Georgetown
Fri., Nov. 20 Rider
Tue., Nov. 24 vs. Illinois State (Cancun Classic)
Wed., Nov. 25 vs. Rhode Island/TCU (Cancun Classic)
Sat., Nov. 28 Cleveland State
Tue., Dec. 1 at North Carolina (Big Ten/ACC Challenge)
Fri., Dec. 4 St. Francis (PA)
Tue., Dec. 8 vs. UConn (Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden - NYC)
Sat., Dec. 12 Maryland-Eastern Shore
Sat., Dec. 19 Princeton (at Royal Farms Arena - Baltimore)
Sun., Dec. 27 Marshall
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