Maryland fans looking to get their first glimpse at a men's basketball team that has undergone a radical overhaul to its roster and a women's team looking to replace its all-time leading scorer can mark Oct. 17 on their calendars.
Maryland Madness will kick off around 8 p.m. that night at the recently renamed Xfinity Center, after the volleyball team plays a match against Big Ten opponent Michigan State, which starts at 6 p.m.
Doors will open at 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Last year, Maryland held the annual event at Cole Field House for the first time since the Xfinity Center (then the Comcast Center) opened in 2002.
Coming off a disappointing 17-15 season, the men's basketball team will include six newcomers – transfers Richaud Pack (North Carolina A&T) and Robert Carter Jr. (Georgia Tech), as well as freshmen Melo Trimble, Dion Wiley, Michal Cekovsky and Jared Nickens. (Carter must sit out this season under NCAA transfer rules.)
Maryland's women's basketball team is coming off a 28-7 season and a trip to the Final Four for the second time under coach Brenda Frese. The Terps return only one senior (Laurin Mincy) and need to replace Alyssa Thomas, who finished her career with more points (2,356) than any player, male or female, in school history.
The men's team opens its season Nov. 14 at home against Wagner.
The women's team opens the same day at home against Mount St. Mary's.