Challenging schedule awaits '94-95 Terps

August 02, 1994|By Don Markus | Don Markus,Sun Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- Start with a season-opening trip to Hawaii in November and the possibility of playing Indiana in this year's Maui Invitational.

Mix in a nationally televised rematch at the Baltimore Arena on Dec. 10 with Massachusetts, the team it upset in the second round of last year's NCAA tournament.

Include a February trip to the Alamodome in San Antonio to play Cincinnati. Then throw in the 16 games Maryland will play in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Together, it represents one of the most interesting schedules the Terps have played in years -- and certainly the most challenging Gary Williams has put together since returning to Maryland five years ago.

Coming back nearly intact from last year's 18-12 team that made a surprise run to the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16, Maryland will open the 1994-95 season against Chaminade on Nov. 21 in the opening round of the three-game Maui Invitational. Other teams invited to the tournament include Indiana, Arizona State, Utah, Tulane and Texas A&M. Michigan has been invited, but reportedly has pulled out.

Led by sophomore center and first-team league selection Joe Smith, the Terps are expected to make a run at their first ACC title in more than a decade.

To get ready for the season, the Terps will go on a nine-day, four-game trip to France later this month, including a game against Montpellier and former Maryland center Cedric Lewis.

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