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Maryland Basketball Releases 2009-10 Schedule

Maryland has released its men's basketball schedule for the upcoming season. The Terrapins will play at least 12 teams that advanced to postseason play last season.

Here's how it looks:

Tue, Nov. 3 vs. Indiana (Pa.) (exhibition) 8 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 13 vs. Charleston Southern 8 p.m. Comcast SportsNet
Tue, Nov. 17 vs. Fairfield 8.p.m. CSN
Fri, Nov. 20 vs. New Hampshire 8 p.m.
Mon, Nov. 23 at Chaminade (Maui Invitational) 9:30 p.m. ESPNU
Tue, Nov. 24 vs. Cincinnati/Vanderbilt (Maui Invitational) 1:30/7:30 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 25 (Maui Invitational)
Tue, Dec. 1 at Indiana (ACC/Big Ten Challenge) 7:30 p.m. ESPN2
Sun, Dec. 6 vs. Villanova (BB&T Classic at Verizon Center) 7:30 p.m. MASN
Sat, Dec. 12 vs. Eastern Kentucky 4:30 p.m. CSN
Tue, Dec. 22 vs. Winston-Salem State 8 p.m.
Sun, Dec. 27 vs. Florida Atlantic 2 p.m.
Wed, Dec. 30 vs. William & Mary 7:30 p.m. CSN
Sun, Jan. 3 at UNC Greensboro 2 p.m.
Sun, Jan. 10 vs. Florida State 5:30 p.m. FSN
Tue, Jan. 12 at Wake Forest 8 p.m. Raycom
Sat, Jan. 16 at Boston College 4 p.m. Raycom
Tue, Jan. 19 vs. Longwood 8 p.m.
Sat, Jan. 23 vs. N.C. State 5 or 6 p.m. ESPN2
Thurs, Jan. 28 vs. Miami 9 p.m. ESPNU
Sun, Jan. 31 at Clemson 5:30 p.m. FSN
Thurs, Feb. 4 at Florida State 9 p.m. Raycom
Sun, Feb. 7 vs. North Carolina 2 p.m. FSN
Wed, Feb. 10 vs. Virginia 7 p.m. RSN
Sat, Feb. 13 at Duke 1 p.m. CBS
Wed, Feb. 17 at N.C. State 9 p.m. RSN
Sat, Feb. 20 vs. Georgia Tech 2 p.m. Raycom
Wed, Feb. 24 vs. Clemson 9 p.m. Raycom
Sat, Feb. 27 at Virginia Tech 4 p.m. Raycom
Wed, March 3 vs. Duke 9 p.m. ESPN
Sat, March 6 at Virginia 1:30 p.m. Raycom
March 11-14 ACC tournament (Greensboro, N.C.)

We'll break down the schedule in much greater detail at a later date, but what are your initial reactions to how Maryland's slate shapes up for the coming season?

By Steve Yanda  |  August 25, 2009; 3:24 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Looks fairly even down the stretch. Nice ACC Big Ten game for us vs Indiana, definitely winnable. Not exactly strong out of conference but ACC teams I guess don't really need that so much for their tournament resumes

Posted by: JDP_ | August 25, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

14-0 going into Wake on Jan 12th.

Posted by: fushezzi | August 25, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I think we beat Nova but drop a game in Maui before we start conference play.


Posted by: jpfterps | August 25, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Not exactly strong out of conference

Posted by: JDP_ | August 25, 2009 3:46 PM

Pass me whatever it is you are smoking

Indiana, Vanderbilt/Cincy, Villanova, and a high possibility (if we beat Cincy/Vandy) of playing 2 games against these 3 teams: Arizona, Gonzaga, or Wisconsin.

Our SOS will be very high

Posted by: Barno1 | August 25, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Am shocked and disappointed that American University is not on our schedule. We've played them every year since as long as I can remember.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 25, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Am shocked and disappointed that American University is not on our schedule. We've played them every year since as long as I can remember.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 25, 2009 6:13 PM

Probably b/c Gary doesn't want to possibly lose to them again.

Also, saw the Bog Chat today where Steinberg told Barno he was flat out wrong on Campbell.

This was also interesting from his chat, we'll get to see who was right in 5-6 months:

Fairfax, Va.: U-Md. ranked in NCAA men's basketball please. GMU will make it to the tournament and the Terps will be playing in the NIT. Gary can no longer compete and U-Md. should can him!

Dan Steinberg: If you think the Terps won't spend multiple weeks in the Top 25 this year, you're nuts.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | August 25, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse


Nice post. (Can't believe I just wrote that.) Where do you think MD b-ball will end up. Personally,I like the senior leadershipp in the back court. If you are going to have young bodies playing minutes, it's better to have them at the 4 or 5 as opposed to the back court. I am thinking about 22 wins and 2nd round or sweet sixteen in the big dance.

2010 class is starting to look really strong. This kid Stoglin will surprise a lot fo people...very underrated because of his size.

Posted by: larry31 | August 25, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that on Super Bowl Sunday the Terps are hosting Carolina at roughly the same time the Caps are hosting the Penguin Scum...

That's almost too much hate to conjure up in one day...


Posted by: CapsNut | August 25, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Also, saw the Bog Chat today where Steinberg told Barno he was flat out wrong on Campbell.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | August 25, 2009 7:33 PM

We'll see what Steinz has to say come January after Campbell puts up pro bowl numbers.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 25, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Poopy left out the parts where I got credit for being right about Gary and the Terps.

Barno, Md.: What will the Campbell haters say when he makes the Pro Bowl this year? (notice I said "when" not "if")

A) I knew he had it in him

B) Big deal, it was just one season

C) He only made it because it was a weak year for QBs

D) I'd still rather have Cutler or Sanchez

Dan Steinberg: E) Brian Griese and Kordell Stewart were both Pro Bowl QBs.

Barno, you've been a great voice of online D.C. sports reason when others have panicked in the past. You were 100 percent right on Gary Williams and the Terps. You were 100 percent right on Strasburg signing. But you're wrong about this.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 25, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse


Are you serious?

Posted by: dcinmd1 | August 25, 2009 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Did Poopy say that MD will spend multiple weeks ranked in the top 25 this year? Full of surprises. If so, will he still be calling for Gary's head if we don't get a FF or NC? For all the accusations about Poopy, I sincerely believe he is a Terp at heart who had the experience of entering a school afte successive FFs and a NC and feels that that level of success should be normal. I wish it was. That said, agree with Barno that this the weakest out of conference schedule we have seen in years, although a few wins in Maui would change that perception. Also, THERE ARE NO LOCAL SCHOOLS ON THE SCHEDULE - wtf? - would like to see ALL of the local teams play each other - AU, Gtown, GW, GMU, Howard, etc. We're not even playing UMBC or Eastern Shore this year. wtf?

Posted by: HughGRection | August 26, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

With GV back we should be a borderline top 25 team all season and make it to the sweet 16. It's just that in my view that should be an ok year for MD not the best year in the last 8.

Posted by: restonhoops | August 26, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

I read an article about Longwood, the team without a conference. I made the suggestion of going to the ACC (in jest of course). Didn't think they would take me that seriously.

Anyway, I agree with HGR. Having a rivalry with a local school like G'Town or GW or GMU would be good for the area. It's disappointing to not see any area games, not even AU on the schedule. Oh well.

I see Md going 11-2 heading into ACC play. They will make it to the final of Maui. Villanova could be a toss up. Indiana is a very winnable game. Worried that a team like a Chaminade could catch the team sleeping (do you think Ralph Sampson still has nightmares about that game?)

Posted by: ecglotfelty | August 26, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Barno 100% right on Gary Williams.....pleaseeeeeeeee....

100% wrong is the actual case.

Gary has overseen the demise of BB at Maryland as an elite program. He does not have the recruiting skill nor does he have the energy to bring the kind of talent that will restore it.

But hey, we may make the 64 team dance for the second straight year.

Pass the koolaide and work on a cheer that spells out our current state...

Give me an "M", give me an "e", give me a "d", an "i", an "o", a "c", an "r", an "i", a "t" a "y".

What does it spell???? MEDIOCRITY!!!!!!

Posted by: petecard | August 26, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Welcome back petecard. It hasn't been the same since everyone's favorite crazy, drunk uncle left the table.

One another note, I think UMD BB finishes no worse then 3rd in the ACC. Is that mediocre? Care to put a wager on it against Gary and his less-than-stellar recruits?

Posted by: fushezzi | August 26, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Ah Petecard, the same guy who brought us countless predictions of MD not even making the NIT last year...the same guy who said we'd get smoked by Wake in the ACC tourney... the same guy who said Vasquez sucked...the same guy who said we had no shot at making the NCAA tourney a year ago...the same man who has never been right about any prediction he's ever made on this board...

He's baaaaack, and he's brought more of his idiotic predictions with him. It's hilarious no matter how many times this guy has been wrong, he continues to come back here with more of the same.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 26, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, you don't really need 10 guaranty games when Nova, IU and a weak Maui field are what you need respite from. I think they over estimated the Maui schedule before it came out.

I disagree with the strong SOS claims - it actually might be a weakness, no matter how good the ACC ends up being. Jim Boeheim might even be a little embarrassed rolling out this schedule.

Like the team, not wild about the scheduling.

Posted by: Kev29 | August 26, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Kev29, I'll save your post and we'll check back around tourney time. When you our SOS actually might be a weakness, I'm assuming you think it won't be a top 25 I correct in assuming this?

Posted by: Barno1 | August 26, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

CapsNut - I noticed exactly the same thing re: the schedules for Super Bowl Sunday. It squashed my hopes of hosting a SB party, as I'll be at Comcast cheering for another MD upset of UNC on National TV! Here's hoping that the day could be a trifecta - Terps beat UNC, Caps beat (whiny) Pens, and Redskins win the SB (hey, they haven't lost a game yet - so I can hope, can't I?)!!

Posted by: TerpGrad | August 26, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Petecard -

Thanks for the negativity. Seriously, if Poopy is actually predicting a good season then we'll need one hold-out. Who is your team (other than MD)? Is there a team that you root for that is not "mediocre"? Poopy is clearly a fan of the program, but a Gary-hater (I love the Skins but disliked Norv, Spurrier and Marty among others...heck I disliked Allen and Pardee) and I get that. Though I disagree with his take on Gary (and yours) I am sure he was lording MDs win over UNC last year over his colleagues out west. That said, keep posting.


Posted by: HughGRection | August 26, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I think Gary had some rough years recruiting after 2002. This was mostly attributable to a huge turnover in coaching staff. The current coaching staff has been stable for several years and the recruits are improving accordingly. Ultimatley, I think it is much harder to replace a coach like GW than some people realize. I give you the folowing examples where b-ball programs have gotten too greedy with high expectations:

Tubby Smith out, currently succuessful at Minnesota. Replaced with Billy Gillespie and now John Calipari...yikes!

NC State:
Herb Sendek out after making the NCAA tournament every year. Replaced with Sidney Lowe. Petecard would be suicidal if he was a State fan.

UVA: I can't even remember the last time they had a quality coach. Pete Guillen was fired, Dave Leito was fired. Talk avbout a program that should be better.

Arizona: Sean Miller has some baggage. My call is he will be gone in 5 years or less.

Carolina: Dean Smith out. Bill Guthridge was decent, but couldn't stomach the cess pool of college recruiting. Matt Daugherty was horrific. So, it took Carolina three tries and about eight years to get it right by hiring Roy Williams...and that's CAROLINA!!

Barno, Huge Johnson, any others you can think of?

Posted by: larry31 | August 26, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Kev29, I'll save your post and we'll check back around tourney time. When you our SOS actually might be a weakness, I'm assuming you think it won't be a top 25 I correct in assuming this?

Posted by: Barno1 | August 26, 2009 1:19 PM

We shall see Barno - the Terps were in the mid 20s last season in overall SOS with an RPI around 50. And that was with games against Mich St, Gonzaga, Georgetown and Michigan + the ACC's SOS numbers will not be quite as strong this season. With the exception of Nova, the rest of the banner non con games will probably not be against schools that will finish high in their conferences (Indiana and possibly Cincinnati, though the Bearcats have talent).

So yeah, I think I'd take the bet that their SOS will not be higher than 25. But I don't think it matters in the long run, since the Terps will have the talent and resume not to worry about things on selection Sunday.

Posted by: Kev29 | August 26, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Ok, a gentlemen's bet on the Terps SOS with the over/under being 25.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 26, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Anyone remember the last time we played a top 10 team on Super Bowl Sunday? Anyone, anyone, Bueller, anyone?

Winner gets a cookie.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 26, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Larry -

Just down the road at Georgetown - when JTII retired they were sunk for more than a few years wit no big-name recruits. And it took years for Nova to regain top 25 status after Rollie retired.

Guthridge did take UNC to a final four with an inherited all-star team - Jamison, Vince Carter and B Heywood. And Doherty (sp?) had a good first season with the team he inherited from Guthridge before the great implosion. On a side note, why on earth did they hire the guy that almost LOST them the Jordan-Worthy-Perkins championship? No one in the history of college BB is more thankful for Freddy Brown than Doherty. He truly stunk up the place in that game if you ever get the chance to watch it on ESPN classic.

However Bill Self did admirably in replacing that Williams guy now at UNC at Kansas.

Still, there is value in having an alum lead be a school's HC. Shows the recruits that he musta liked it there enough to come back.

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | August 26, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Ok, a gentlemen's bet on the Terps SOS with the over/under being 25.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 26, 2009 3:34 PM

Deal - I'll be happy to lose. But will stick to the non con schedule being a joke. Go Terps!

Posted by: Kev29 | August 26, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

In terms of the SOS - we don't have a name team from a major conference outside of tourneys and the ACC-B10 - and we have those teams every year. In years past, we have done home-aways with the likes of Florida, Michigan, snd other major conference schools. Wonder why not this year. Additionally, the local schools we are not playing I sincerely believe are better than the fodder that we are playing. I gotta believe their SOS takes a hit this year, which really only matters if they are a bubble team. Since it is agreed by most on this board that the expectation is to be in the upper tier of the ACC, it really should not be an issue.

For years MD had top 5 SOSs which is not really a great thing unless a team gets a #1 seed in the tourney. Still would like to see how we stack up head to head against fired up local schools.

Posted by: HughGRection | August 26, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse


You are on. I take MD's SOS to be lower than 25 (that means 26+) by the end of the season. The chief contributer will be the "down" year in the ACC where the conference schedule will not increase the SOS enough. Winner gets to gloat on this blog. I don' think either of us will take the gloating personally.

BTW, I think (but not sure) their RPI will be higher than the SOS. I think this is the more interesting bet.

Posted by: larry31 | August 26, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse


Who's Georgetown?

Ha! I jest. Good call on G-town.

It sounds like you agree...replacing a very good, but flawed coach is not as easy as it seems. Off the top of my head, there are only three coaches that I feel have done better than GW (Izzo, Coach K-damn it hurts to write that, and Roy Williams).
Calhoun and Pitino have issues. Donovan has had some rough years at Florida. Capel and Jay Wright could be added to that list...if they stay clean and keep winning.

Posted by: larry31 | August 26, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Ok, just do us all a favor and don't start posting the Terps SOS number throughout the season...that'll just get annoying since we all know our SOS we be at its highest point of the season at the conclusion of the ACC tourney.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 26, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

ok about the name - stolen from the National Lampoon Yearbook circa 1980. A buddy of mine had it when we were in hs. Don't know why, the name has always made me crack up. Will answer to Hugh or Huge (Larry is the first one to call me that so congrats) on the boards here.

I'll go on record that the SOS will be worse than 25 at the end of the season (BUT it will not matter anyway). Note that our only away game (out of conference) is at UNC-Greensboro. Will that count against us for SOS? Does SOS take into account location (home-away-neutral)?

But yeah, please lets not track it during the season. Could get as annoying as the skins insider with the "Marty-S email add" and "first." And yes, if Barno is correct, go ahead and ding me along with larry.

Posted by: HughGRection | August 26, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone have Steve S email add?

Posted by: fushezzi | August 27, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

What is an "elite" program? My definition:

Make the NCAA Tournament almost every year and virtually never miss two years in a row.

Win the first two games to advance to the regionals 3-4 out of ten years.

We can argue about how many FF's and championships are needed over time, but the first two criteria are critical. Consistent excellence....

Here are some programs that I would call "elite."

Kansas, UConn, Duke, UNC, Gonzaga, Louisville, Syracuse, Arizona, Kentucky.

They are not necessarily the entire list and they do occassionally have some blips on their performance chart.

From my perspective, Maryland does not measure up and this is principally because GW is an ineffective recruiter.

Say what you want about Kentucky's recent wows and to some extent Syracuse's. But they are all right now in a better place than we are. There are at least 10-15 schools that are closer to becoming an elite program than we are. And they ALL have a more demanding fan base than is exhibited on this site.

I am tired of saying that GW is a very good game coach. He is a very bad recruiter and it is he and not his assistants that is responsible. Just as with players, a great coach manages the turnover of his staff with continuity.

As for who I root is only the Terps. I respect the other schools and in particular Kansas. But I don't root for them.

And please...hold the comments on Pitino and Calipari...I really don't care.

Posted by: petecard | August 27, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse


They missed the NCAAs from in 2007 and 2008.

Gonzaga- Missed 1996, 1997, 1998

Louisville - Missed 2001 and 2002.

These schools are not much different from UMD.

Posted by: fushezzi | August 27, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

As has been discussed numerous times on this blog, Gary's recruiting has been excellent over the last 20 years, over the last 10 years, and ever since the 02 title. It's simple: the facts back this up, with 4 top 25 recruiting classes in the last 7 years, including 2 top 5 classes. The other years it was not possible to have a top 25 recruiting class since we had so few players coming in (such as the James Gist recruiting season, the Dave Neal recruiting season etc).

Petecard is a retard--this much we know. He makes Corky look like Albert Einstein. He makes absolutely absurd claims, and always without fail gets proven wrong with facts...then comes back with more of the same. And repeat.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 27, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Gary should use the game against NC State to get ready for the NIT.

Maryland plays in the NIT so often it should consider becoming the title sponsor.

Turtle Soup, brought to you by Gary Williams. Simply warm and serve.

Posted by: petecard | March 9, 2009 8:56 AM


We ARE toast. You think beating NC State means anything?

Why not just deal with the bottom line: We are going to miss the tournament this year for the 4th time in 5 years.


Gary's responsibility.

Posted by: petecard | February 19, 2009 10:32 AM

C'mon all of you FOG's, let's hear about how the Terps are going to win one or two in the ACC.

Don't bother to make your MSG reservations. They won't get that far in the NIT.

Posted by: petecard | February 18, 2009 11:05 AM

Missing the tournament for the 4th time in 5 years is simply unacceptable.

Our program is a real disappointment and I am disgusted.

Let's hear it Koolaid drinkers.

Posted by: petecard | March 9, 2009 6:30 PM

Posted by: Barno1 | August 27, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Petecard -

I agree with some of your list - UNC, Duke, Kansas, UConn (ooh but the Rudy Gay issue...), AZ and KY and would add UCLA. That said, all of the programs have had hiccups. Clearly, winning a seond NC would put MD in that echelon and would make the NCAA tourney misses a distant memory. Heck, another FF would likely get MD there. Barno has given stats of tourney appearances for MD (at one point we were second only to AZ in consecutive appearances). And now AZ has a new coach. Note also that KS and KY have had coaching turnover, whereas we have been stabel at the HC position with mass turnover in the assistants. We are close. Am interested to see who is on your list of the other 10-15 schools who are closer to becoming an elite program than MD...and whether they have a NC in their recent history. I agree with you that MD is outside of the elite tier. Just want to see whose company you think they are keeping and who is ahead of them.

That said, we have a talented and experienced backcourt for the next few years with replenishments coming. We need the stream of tough bigs that Izzo is so good at getting. That will lead to sustained success and maybe get the program to the level we all want to see it achieve. Somehow I am soured on the top 5 recruiting classes of McDonalds All-Americans (and one-and-dones) that UNC, DUke, Kansas and KY always seem to get - gary seems to do better with the guys a tier down with chips on their shoulders.

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | August 27, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

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