The Washington Times - November 17, 2008, 07:12PM

Maryland’s second nonconference opponent is Youngstown State, a school smack dab in the middle of an old steel town and on the geographic fringe of the Horizon League.

That’s a conference that received plenty of attention the last few years because of Butler’s ability to hang around the top 20. But it’s also a league the Terrapins don’t see much of in hoops.


Of the 10 schools in the conference, six – Illinois-Chicago, Loyola of Chicago, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Wright State and Youngstown State.

The other four? Just one meeting each:

Dec. 5, 1984: @Maryland 95, Cleveland State 84

March 11, 1999: Maryland 82, Valparaiso 60 (NCAA first round, Orlando, Fla.)

Dec. 9, 2001: @Maryland 79, Detroit 54

March 17, 2007: Butler 62, Maryland 59 (NCAA second round, Buffalo, N.Y.)

Meanwhile, a few quick notes on the 0-1 Penguins, who march into Comcast Center tomorrow…

* Youngstown State has never made the NCAA tournament.

* The Penguins have endured seven straight losing seasons since joining the Horizon League in 2001-02.

* Youngstown State lost its top two scorers from a season ago.

* Penguins coach Jerry Slocum has won 610 games in his career – five more than Maryland’s Gary Williams. Slocum’s split is 199 at Nyack (N.Y.), 202 at Geneva (Pa.), 179 at Gannon (Pa.) and 30 in three seasons at Youngstown State.

* The Penguins’ RPI the last seven seasons?

Starting in 2001-02, it progressed like this: 308-280-257-321-304-173-227.

Patrick Stevens