The Terps refused to shake the hands of Penn State players following the coin toss before a football game last season.
The Terps refused to shake the hands of Penn State players following the coin toss before a football game last season. (Abby Drey / MCT)

Anyone expecting any gamesmanship prior to tipoff Wednesday between Maryland and Penn State at Xfinity Center might be disappointed.

Terps coach Mark Turgeon and Nittany Lions coach Patrick Chambers have not staged a war of words as their respective counterparts, football coaches Randy Edsall and James Franklin, did last spring and fall.


The basketball history is not nearly as long or as one-sided (9-8 in favor of Terps) as it was until Maryland's football victory in State College last season.

Even junior forward Jake Layman didn't immediately get the reference a reporter made Tuesday when asked if the players were going to shake hands, as the Terps football team didn't do at Beaver Stadium after the Nittany Lions ran through Maryland's pregame warmups.

"Oh yeah … oh, I know what you're talking about," Layman said with a laugh.

Asked if he sees it as a rivalry, Layman said, "No, I think it's more of a football thing right now."

The teams haven't met since the 2010 ACC-Big Ten Challenge, when Penn State scored the game's first seven points at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College before the Terps pulled away for a 62-39 victory.

"I know football had their little deal, but we'll see, we've got them twice in the next two weeks," Turgeon said. "I don't think we'll have rivalries [in the Big Ten] for four or five years in basketball. We haven't had any confrontations with any staffs or anything like that. I'm sure we'll have some rivalries soon."

Will Turgeon shake hands?

"Absolutely, Pat's a great guy," Turgeon said.

Chambers said he isn't sure how to classify Wednesday's game, given the fact that there is a lot of familiarity. Not only does he know Turgeon from the recruiting trail, but he used to coach Jon Graham and recruited Jared Nickens. Chambers said that D.J. Newbill and Dez Wells are good friends.

"Obviously we're close in proximity, we're recruiting the same players, I don't think it's as nasty as the football was portrayed," Chambers said. "Turg and I get along real well, we've recruited some of the guys. I think we're going to shake hands, the players will, Turg and I will. I can't say it's rivalry game until we go out and compete with Maryland."

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