- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 23, 2005

The Maryland men’s basketball team will play 11 opponents that made the NCAA tournament last season and 14 nationally televised games in the 2005-06 season.

After failing to make the NCAA tournament for the first time in 12 years last season, Maryland returns four starters who should keep the Terrapins among the Atlantic Division leaders. Three games in the Maui Invitational beginning with Gonzaga on Nov.21 and a game against Minnesota in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Nov. 30 should prepare Maryland for its ACC opener against newcomer Boston College on Dec. 11.

“The schedule, beginning with the Maui Invitational through the always-tough ACC regular season, will be difficult,” coach Gary Williams said through a statement. “However, at Maryland, we enjoy the challenge of competing with the top teams in the country.”

The BB&T; Classic is now one night instead of a weekend doubleheader. Maryland will play George Washington on Dec. 5.

Both Duke games again will be nationally televised. Maryland will visit Cameron Indoor Stadium on Jan.11, and the Blue Devils will come to Comcast Center on Feb. 11. The Terps’ harshest stretch comes at the end of the season when they play four of six games on the road.

ACC basketball teams will make a record 265 TV appearances, including a rematch of last season’s national championship game between North Carolina and Illinois, the conference announced Tuesday.

It marks the second straight season that the conference has had more than 250 TV appearances and the 11th consecutive season with at least 200.

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