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Maryland men’s basketball to host three-team tournament with Navy, Mount St. Mary’s

The Maryland men’s basketball program will host a round-robin tournament at Xfinity Center in College Park with Navy and Mount St. Mary’s over three days after Thanksgiving.

A tentative schedule has the Terps meeting the Midshipmen on Friday, Nov. 27, Navy facing the Mountaineers on Saturday, Nov. 28, and Maryland facing Mount St. Mary’s on Sunday, Nov. 29.

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“We’re looking forward to hosting both the Naval Academy and Mount St. Mary’s this season,” Terps coach Mark Turgeon said through a team spokesman. “It will be great to play local programs as we navigate the coronavirus and ensure we are taking every measure to keep our players safe and healthy.”

Added Midshipmen coach Ed DeChellis via text: “Scheduling has been very fluid this fall so we are fortunate to be part of the Maryland multiple team event.”

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Mountaineers coach Dan Engelstad said his team is planning to play a game at Morgan State on Wednesday, Nov. 25, enjoy Thanksgiving together on Thursday, Nov. 26, and then travel to College Park on Nov. 27. He said players, coaches and staff will be tested for the coronavirus the day they arrive at the hotel and then every day during the tournament.

Engelstad said the school had scheduled individual games against Navy on Dec. 9 and Maryland on Dec. 14, but agreed to the round-robin format to ensure that the games would be played.

“I wanted to put ourselves in the best position to play the games,” he said. “The fact that we could put it all together to play Navy and Maryland at the same site where everybody’s testing multiple times before we play and between games made a lot of sense for us.”

Engelstad said he is eager to see how his Mount St. Mary’s team, which finished seventh in the 11-team Northeast Conference last winter and qualified for the league tournament, fares against the Terps, who clinched a share of the Big Ten regular-season championship with Wisconsin and Michigan State, and the Midshipmen, who earned the No. 6 seed in the Patriot League tournament.

“We want to challenge ourselves against the country’s best early in the hopes that it will prepare us for league play,” he said. “Everyone knows the success that Maryland had last year, and we’re excited to play both Navy and Maryland. Navy’s a tough, physical team and we’ve told our guys that to win the NEC, we’ve got to do much better on the glass, and to play teams like Navy and Maryland, we’re going to have to be physical and challenge ourselves early.”

Maryland owns a 31-28 all-time record against Navy that includes a 12-game winning streak with the two programs last meeting in 2018. The Terps are 8-0 against Mount St. Mary’s with the two sides last facing each other in 2015. The Midshipmen are 10-7 against the Mountaineers and have won three of the last four games, including a 59-48 victory on Dec. 20, 2019.

CBS Sports was the first to report the formation of the tournament.

Baltimore Sun Media reporter Bill Wagner contributed to this article.

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