Terps open ACC season on Dec. 12 Men's basketball schedule includes two tournaments

August 21, 1996|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

The Maryland men's basketball team released its 1996-97 schedule, which includes the Rainbow Classic in Hawaii and Franklin National Bank Classic at the USAir Arena and nonconference meetings with Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

The Terps, one of three Atlantic Coast Conference teams to make the NCAA tournament the past three years, open their conference schedule against Georgia Tech at Cole Field House on Dec. 12. The early opening to the ACC season is because the tournament in Greensboro, N.C., begins March 6, a week earlier than in past years.

Maryland will face Pittsburgh in the opening round of the Rainbow Classic, which also includes Georgia, Memphis and Michigan in the eight-team field. In the first round of the Franklin National Bank Classic, the Terps will play California and will face either George Washington or Mississippi State the next day.

During their ACC schedule, the Terps will step out of conference play for games against Pennsylvania at the Baltimore Arena on Jan. 21 and at Massachusetts on Feb. 15. It marks the fourth time in the past five years that Maryland has played a game in Baltimore.

The Terps also will appear at least 20 times on television, including two network dates and seven games on ESPN.

Terps schedule

Date .. .. .. Opponent .. .. .. .. .. .. Time .. .. TV

Nov. 12 .. .. Australian Nationals* . .. 8 p.m.

Nov. 19 .. .. Court Authority* ... .. .. 8 p.m.

Nov. 26 .. .. Howard . .. .. .. .. .. .. 8 p.m.

Nov. 30 .. .. Towson State . .. .. .. .. 1 p.m.

Dec. 2 ... .. Chicago State ... .. .. .. 8 p.m.

Dec. 4 ... .. UMBC ... .. .. .. .. .. .. 8 p.m.

Dec. 8-9 . .. Franklin Bank Classic-v .. TBA

Dec. 12 .. .. Georgia Tech . .. .. .. .. 8 p.m.

Dec. 21 .. .. American .. .. .. .. .. .. 4:30 p.m. . HTS

Dec. 23 .. .. Lafayette . .. .. .. .. .. 8 p.m.

Dec. 27-30 .. Rainbow Classic-w .. .. .. TBA ... ... ESPN

Jan. 4 ... .. Virginia .. .. .. .. .. .. 4 p.m. . .. RJ

Jan. 8 at ... North Carolina .. .. .. .. 7 p.m. . .. ESPN

Jan. 12 at .. N.C. State ... .. .. .. .. 1 p.m. . .. ESPN2

Jan. 15 .. .. Clemson ... .. .. .. .. .. 7 p.m. . .. ESPN

Jan. 19 .. .. at Wake Forest .. .. .. .. 4 p.m. . .. RJ

Jan. 21 .. .. vs. Penn-x ... .. .. .. .. 8 p.m.

Jan. 26 .. .. Duke .. .. ... .. .. .. .. 1 p.m. . .. RJ

Jan. 29 .. .. at Florida State ... .. .. 7 p.m.

Feb. 1 ... .. Wake Forest .. .. .. .. .. 2 p.m. . .. Ch. 2

Feb. 5 ... .. N.C. State ... .. .. .. .. 8 p.m.

Feb. 8 ... .. at Clemson ... .. .. .. .. noon ... .. RJ

Feb. 13 .. .. Florida State ... .. .. .. 8 p.m. . .. RJ

Feb. 15 .. .. vs. Massachusetts-y ... .. 1: 30 p.m.. ABC

Feb. 19 .. .. at Georgia Tech . .. .. .. 7 p.m. . .. ESPN

Feb. 22 .. .. North Carolina .. .. .. .. 4 p.m. . .. RJ

Feb. 27 .. .. at Duke .. .. ... .. .. .. 7: 30 p.m.. ESPN

March 2 .. .. at Virginia . ... .. .. .. 1: 30 p.m.. RJ

March 6-9 ... ACC tournament-z ... .. .. TBA

Note: RJ -- Raycom Jefferson-Pilot network;

* -- exhibition; v -- USAir Arena;

w -- Honolulu; x -- Baltimore Arena;

y -- Worcester, Mass.; z -- Greensboro, N.C.

Pub Date: 8/21/96

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