Champion Terps break in new home with 5 in Nov.

College Basketball

August 15, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Maryland opens its new basketball arena, the Comcast Center, with five games in November, according to the men's schedule announced yesterday by the university.

The defending national champion Terps will play two exhibition games - with the Harlem Globetrotters Nov. 12 and EA Sports Nov. 19 - before starting the regular season at home Nov. 24 against Miami, Ohio.

The Comcast Center also will play host to Midnight Madness - marking the beginning of basketball practice - on the evening of Oct. 11.

The first Atlantic Coast Conference game at the new arena is against Georgia Tech on Dec. 29.

The Terps will play a rematch of last season's national championship game Dec. 3 against Indiana at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Other nonconference opponents include Texas or George Washington (in the BB&T Classic), Florida and Notre Dame.

Florida, likely to be ranked in the Top 25, may present the biggest challenge to Maryland's nation's-best streak of 84 consecutive home wins against non-league opponents.

Terps schedule

Date Opponent Time TV

11-12 H. Globetrotters (Ex.) 8 ESPN

11-19 EA Sports (Ex.) 8 CSN

11-24 Miami (Ohio) 5 ESPN2

11-27 The Citadel 8 CSN 11-30 Duquesne 8 RJ

12-3 x-vs. Indiana 9 ESPN

12-7 y-vs. Notre Dame 3:30 RJ/CSN

12-8 y-vs. GWU/Texas 1/3:30 RJ/CSN

12-14 Florida 2 CBS

12-23 UMBC 8

12-29 Georgia Tech 5:30 FSN

1-4 Wagner 1 RJ

1-8 Hampton 8 RJ

1-11 Florida St. 1:30 RJ

1-15 at Wake Forest 9 RJ

1-18 Duke 1:30 ABC

1-22 at North Carolina 7 ESPN

1-25 at Clemson 4 RJ 1-30 N.C. State 9 RJ

2-2 Loyola 1 RJ

2-6 Virginia 9 ESPN2

2-9 at Georgia Tech 1 CBS

2-12 at Florida State 9 RJ

2-16 Wake Forest 8 FSN

2-19 at Duke 9 ESPN

2-22 North Carolina 2 RJ

2-25 Clemson 7 FSN

3-2 at NC State 8 FSN

3-9 at Virginia 8 FSN

3-13/16 z-at ACC tourney TBA RJ-ESPN

Notes: x-at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. y-First-round game in BB&T Classic in Washington; George Washington plays Texas in other first-round match; Championship is at 3:30 p.m., consolation at 1 p.m. z-at Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum. TV notes: FSN-Fox Sports Net; CSN-Comcast SportsNet; RJ-Raycom/Jefferson-Pilot.

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