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Four power-conference opponents highlight Terps' non-league schedule

Maryland will stay local for most of its non-conference season.

The Maryland men’s basketball team has filled in the rest of its non-conference schedule -- and it won't take them far from home.

The Terps will stay local for most of their non-league season, playing 10 of 13 games in-state. Those contests include just four Power Five foes and two 2016 NCAA Tournament teams.

They make a short trip to Washington to take on Georgetown at Verizon Center, and a Thanksgiving weekend visit to Brooklyn, N.Y., for the Barclays Classic against Richmond and either Boston College or Kansas State.

Most of the marquee non-conference opponents had already been announced, including the Big Ten/ACC Challenge game with Pittsburgh at the Xfinity Center on Nov. 29.

The team will open coach Mark Turgeon’s sixth season Nov. 11 against American after a Nov. 5 exhibition against Catawba (N.C.) College. 

A home matchup against Oklahoma State on Dec. 3 ends a four-game, nine-day stretch including three Power Five opponents. Only Pittsburgh (No. 10 seed) and Stony Brook (No. 13 seed), which visits College Park on Nov. 22, reached the “Big Dance” in March.

Maryland filled in the rest of the schedule with mostly local opponents: American on Nov. 11, St. Mary’s College on Nov. 17, Towson on Nov. 20 and Howard on Dec. 7. The Terps’ final Big Ten preparations come against Saint Peter’s on Dec. 10, Jacksonville State on Dec. 12 and Charlotte on Dec. 20 at Royal Farms Arena.

As announced by the Big Ten earlier this month, the Terps will play home-and-home series against Ohio State, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Rutgers; single home games against Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska and Purdue; and single road games at Michigan, Northwestern, Penn State and Wisconsin. The league has not yet announced dates for those games.

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