The University of Maryland social media team just released the out of conference schedule for the 2017-2018 college basketball season. After having what ended up being the 44th hardest schedule last year that the Terrapins had, it would be interesting to see who they would match up outside of the Big Ten conference for this upcoming season.
It isn’t a difficult out of conference schedule, but it is one that could help boost their resume with a tough one away from home, and potentially a couple of ranked opponents coming into Xfinity Center. They kick off the season on the road November 10th at Stony Brook and two days later have MD-Eastern Shore come to College Park for the home opener.
Their first test will be game three on their slate with the Gavitt Games, where Big Ten teams face Big East teams in mid-November. After playing Georgetown the past two seasons, Maryland welcomes the Butler Bulldogs to Xfinity Center. Butler should be in the 20-25 range to kick off the season. After that, they will host Bucknell and Jackson State before they hit the road again.
Over Thanksgiving weekend, the Terps will take part in the “Emerald Coast Classic”; a four team tournament in Florida. They will face St. Bonaventure in the first round, and depending on how the Terps and other teams do, will face either TCU or New Mexico in the second round. The Terrapins continue on the road for their toughest out of conference test in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. They will head to Syracuse, to take on the Orange two days after their second game in the Emerald Coast Classic. Despite lower expectations for ‘Cuse, they are a tough team to play at the Carrier Dome, especially two days removed from playing a game in Florida.
The Terrapins end their out of conference schedule with five straight home games, however, with the Big Ten tournament taking place earlier than normal, they will mix one to two Big Ten games between the out of conference games. The five December out of conference home games are Ohio, Gardner-Webb, Catholic University (D-III), Fairleigh Dickinson and UMBC.
Overall, like the past couple of seasons, Mark Turgeon planned a rather easy out of conference schedule with the tests coming early on. There’s a decent chance that the Terrapins could get out of the out of conference schedule unscathed, with at the worst, one or two losses.