The Washington Times - August 22, 2012, 07:10PM

It turns out it was full basketball schedule day at Maryland.

The school unveiled its nonconference schedule Wednesday evening, which brings everything up to this:


Nov. 2: Indiana (Pa.), TBA (exhibition)
Nov. 9:
vs. Kentucky in Brooklyn, N.Y., 8:30 (ESPN)
Nov. 12: Morehead State, TBA
Nov. 16: Long Island, TBA
Nov. 20: Lafayette, 8
Nov. 24: Georgia Southern, TBA
Nov. 27: at Northwestern, 9:15 (ESPN2)

Dec. 2: vs. George Mason in BB&T Classic, TBA
Dec. 5: UMES, TBA
Dec. 8: South Carolina State, TBA
Dec. 12: Monmouth, TBA
Dec. 21: Stony Brook, TBA
Dec. 29: Delaware State, TBA

Jan. 1: IUPUI, TBA
Jan. 5:
Virginia Tech, noon (ACC Network)
Jan. 9: Florida State, 8 (ACC Network)
Jan. 13: 
at Miami, 8 (ESPNU)
Jan. 16:
N.C. State, 7 (ESPN2)
Jan. 19:
at North Carolina, noon (ESPN)
Jan. 22: Boston College, 9 (ESPNU)
Jan. 26: at Duke, 1 (CBS)
Jan. 30: at Florida State, 8 (ACC Network)

Feb. 2: Wake Forest, 2 (RSN)
Feb. 7: at Virginia Tech, 9 (ACC Network)
Feb. 10: Virginia, 1 (ACC Network)
Feb. 16: Duke, 6 (ESPN or ESPN2)
Feb. 19: at Boston College, 9 (ACC Network)
Feb. 23: Clemson, noon (ESPN2)
Feb. 27: at Georgia Tech, 8 (ACC Network)

March 2: at Wake Forest, noon (ACC Network)
March 6:
North Carolina, 7 (ESPN or ESPN2)
March 10:
at Virginia, 6 (ESPNU)

So that’s that. And aside from that Kentucky game, there isn’t an eye-popping nonconference opponents. Northwestern is a name (albeit one that has never reached the NCAA tournament). George Mason could become the third CAA team in about five years to beat Maryland.

And after that? Long Island was an NCAA tournament team … and Stony Brook won the America East regular season title.

There’s also a team that didn’t win a game in MEAC play and finished next-to-last nationally in RPI. Yikes.

Here’s that predicament in chart form:


Opponent 11-12 W-L
11-12 RPI
vs. Kentucky (Nov. 9)
38-2 (NCAA)
at Northwestern (Nov. 27)
19-14 (NIT)
Long Island (Nov. 16)
25-9 (NCAA)
vs. George Mason (Dec. 2)
24-9 82
Stony Brook (Dec. 21)
22-10 (NIT)
Morehead State (Nov. 12)
18-15 166
Lafayette  (Nov. 20)
13-18 195
Georgia Southern (Nov. 24)
15-15 203
IUPUI (Jan. 1)
14-18 210
Monmouth (Dec. 12)
12-20 236
Delaware State (Dec. 29)
15-14 249
Maryland-Eastern Shore (Dec. 5)
7-23 320
South Carolina State (Dec. 8)
5-26 344

Needless to say, barring a victory over Kentucky in the opener, Maryland’s profile likely will not be helped much by this nonconference schedule. That leaves two things for the Terps to hope for: That some of the pedestrian teams from a year ago improve into at least contenders in their respective conferences, and that Maryland itself doesn’t needlessly stumble to a team headed for a season far from the top 100 nationally.

—- Patrick Stevens