Maryland basketball to play in Baltimore again next season

After drawing more than 11,000 fans to Royal Farms Arena for a game against Princeton last December in the first visit by the Maryland men's basketball team to Baltimore in 15 years, it was announced Tuesday that the Terps will return for the 2015-16 season.

Maryland is scheduled to play Charlotte on Dec. 20.


"It was a great atmosphere last season in Baltimore and we are excited to be going back this year," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said in a statement released by the athletic department. "We receive tremendous support from our fans in the Baltimore area and to be able to bring this game into their backyard once again is something we take great pride in."

It will mark Maryland's 13th trip to Baltimore dating back to the 1982-83 season. They are 10-2 all-time in Baltimore.


The Terps have played Charlotte three times, and have won all three. The 49ers are coached by former Georgia Tech star Mark Price, who went 14-19 in his first season.

It was also announced Tuesday that the Barclays Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y., where the Terps are expected to be the headliner, will be held Nov. 25-26. Maryland will face Richmond in the opening round. Though the Terps have played the Spiders 40 times, with a 25-15 record, the teams haven't met since 1982-83.

Kansas State and Boston College, where former longtime Turgeon aide Scott Spinelli is now an assistant, will play in the other opening-round game of the Barclays Classic. The Terps will be looking for their third straight holiday tournament title, having won the Cancun Challenge last season as well as the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City in 2014-15.

This will mark the second straight year the Terps will play in New York. Maryland beat Connecticut at Madison Square Garden in the Jimmy V Classic last December for its first win in New York City in four tries under Turgeon.

The Terps lost 72-69 to Kentucky at the Barclays Center to open the 2012-13 season and 78-77 to eventual national champion Connecticut there to open the 2013-14 season. The Terps also lost to Iowa in the NIT semifinals in 2012-13 at Madison Square Garden.

Maryland has already announced four other non-conference games. The Terps will face Georgetown on Nov. 15 at Verizon Center in Washington as part of the second Dave Gavitt Tipoff Games and will host Pittsburgh on Nov. 29 as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Maryland will also play at Xfinity Center against Towson — the first meeting of the two state schools in 20 years — and against Oklahoma State, a return game from a home-and-home series that began in 2014-15.