USA SPORTS: Maryland basketball announces non-conference schedule for 2019-20 season

2019-20 Non-Conference Schedule Is Set

Maryland men’s basketball head coach Mark Turgeon has announced the program’s 2019-20 non-conference schedule

Maryland basketball will begin its 2019-20 campaign with a stretch that includes a game at Seton Hall and a Thanksgiving tournament featuring quality opponents. The program released its full nonconference schedule Wednesday, but the best matchups had already been announced.

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Maryland’s most difficult test in its nonconference slate could come on the road. In last year’s edition of the home-and-home series with Seton Hall, the Terps lost in College Park. The Pirates return Myles Powell, who averaged more than 20 points per game last season, and some early projections for this season peg Seton Hall as a top-15 team.

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Jalen Smith and Maryland will travel to Seton Hall and play at the Orlando Invitational as highlights of their nonconference schedule. (John Raoux)

The Terrapins begin the Orlando Invitational against Temple and then play two more games in the bracket that also includes Marquette, Texas A&M, and Southern Cal.

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Maryland will host Notre Dame in this season’s Big Ten-ACC Challenge. Notre Dame only won three conference games last year but returns most of its core. The Terps are 0-5 in the event since joining the Big Ten.

The Terps will also host Holy Cross (No. 239 of 353 last year in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings), Rhode Island (No. 142), Oakland (No. 187), Fairfield (No. 301), George Mason (No. 156) and Bryant (No. 327).

The Big Ten schedule has not yet been released, but the conference has announced the teams Maryland will play both at home and on the road: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State and Rutgers.

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Maryland men’s basketball nonconference schedule:

Maryland 2019 Non-Conference Schedule

DateOpponentSeries History/Last MeetingNotes
Fri., Nov. 1Fayetteville State (Exhib.)

Coached by Luke D’Alessio, father of former Maryland GA, Alex
Tues., Nov. 5Holy CrossMaryland leads, 5-0; Jan. 8, 2008 (W, 73-48, H)Terps have won 15 of last 17 openers, including five straight
Sat., Nov. 9Rhode IslandMaryland leads, 2-1; Mar. 7, 1979 (W, 67-65 3ot, NIT)Appeared in two of last three NCAA Tournaments; returns coring, 95% of rebounding, 99% of assists
Sat., Nov. 16OaklandMaryland leads, 1-0; Dec. 27, 2014 (W, 72-56, H)Return top scorer Xavier Hill-Mais (18.3 ppg)
Tues., Nov. 19FairfieldMaryland leads, 1-0; Nov. 17, 2009 (W, 71-42, H)Part of Orlando Invitational (no effect on bracket)
Fri., Nov. 22George MasonMaryland leads, 8-0; Dec. 2, 2012 (W, 69-62, N)First meeting since 2012; first in College Park since 2003
Thurs., Nov. 28Temple (Orlando Invitational)Maryland trails, 4-6; Jan. 21, 2012 (L, 60-73, A)2019 NCAA Tournament qualifier; Coached by first-year HC, Kie
Fri., Nov. 29Orlando InvitationalWill play either Texas A&M or Harvard depending on results
Sun., Dec. 1Orlando InvitationalThe field also includes Marquette and USC; ranked third-best tournament by Andy Katz
Wed., Dec. 4Notre DameSeries tied, 10-10; Jan. 15, 2014 (W, 74-66, H)Returns 7 of top 8 scorers from 2018-19, including coring; returns 89% of rebounding
Thurs., Dec. 19At Seton HallMaryland trails, 0-1; Dec. 22, 2018 (L, 74-78, H)Has reached 4 straight NCAA Tourneys; projected top-20 in preseason national polls; returns 78% of scoring, 85% of rebounding
Sun., Dec. 29BryantMaryland leads, 1-0; Dec. 27, 2008 (W, 72-51, H)Returns top scorers Adam Grant (15.6 ppg) and Sabastian 15.1)
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