Another Maryland scheduling bit on a slow summer day.
UNC Greensboro is moving its home games to the Greensboro Coliseum, which just so happens to be the home of next spring’s ACC tournament.
As a result, the Spartans will play four ACC teams —- including Maryland —- at home next season as teams try to become more acquainted with the latest facility to witness Duke or North Carolina cutting down the nets in mid-March (as has been the case 12 of the last 13 years, with Maryland’s ‘04 title the exception).
So while there are no dates set for the visits from Clemson, Maryland, N.C. State and Wake Forest, UNC Greensboro will have a rather substantial home/semi-home schedule for a Southern Conference team not named Davidson.
In any case, go ahead and tack that onto the unofficial schedule, along with the ACC opponents the rotation brings this season and the handful of other games already pegged:
Nov. 23: Maui Invitational (with Arizona, Chaminade, Cincinnati, Colorado, Gonzaga, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin)
Nov. 24: Maui Invitational
Nov. 25: Maui Invitational
Dec. 1: at Indiana in ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Dec. 6: vs. Villanova in BB&T Classic
TBA: at UNC Greensboro
Home-and-home: Duke, Virginia, Clemson, Florida State, N.C. State
Home: Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina
Road: at Boston College, at Virginia Tech, at Wake Forest
That’s 22 games, with up to eight more possible since you get 27 dates plus an exempt event (in the Terps’ case, the three-game Maui tournament).
Consider it a virtual cinch that all eight will be in College Park. Even that would place nearly half of Maryland’s nonconference games outside Comcast Center —- which is historically about as high as the Terps are going to go for both financial and competitive reasons.
—- Patrick Stevens