Terps set to Tip-Off in '95-96

October 06, 1994|By Don Markus | Don Markus,Sun Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland's status as a suddenly sought-after basketball team continued yesterday with an invitation to next year's Tip-Off Classic.

The Terrapins, who open this season in the Maui Classic, will begin the 1995-96 season by playing Kentucky at the Springfield (Mass.) Civic Center in a nationally televised game on Nov. 24 or Nov. 25.

"It's probably the biggest early-season game every year," Maryland coach Gary Williams said. "It's nice to be in it."

This year's Tip-Off Classic will showcase defending national champion Arkansas against Massachusetts, the team Maryland hTC defeated in the second round of last year's NCAA tournament. The Terrapins will play the Minutemen on Dec. 10 at the Baltimore Arena.

Williams said the invitation to next year's Tip-Off Classic came through a conversation he had with Joe O'Brien, executive director of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, when the Terps met Massachusetts in Springfield last December.

"I'm sure that it helped we made the Sweet 16," Williams said.

Maryland will open the 1994-95 season Nov. 21 in Maui against Chaminade and could wind up playing Indiana and Michigan in the three-day tournament. The Terps open practice at 12:01 a.m. Oct. 15 with Midnight Madness at Cole Field House.

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