Maui trip among highlights of Terps' 2005-06 schedule

Maryland part of elite field at Maui Invitational

Terps open vs. Farleigh Dickinson, play host to Duke, UNC in February

August 23, 2005|By Staff

The Maryland men's basketball team will kick off its 2005-06 season against defending Northeast Conference champion Fairleigh Dickinson, then participate in the eight-team Maui Invitational, where it will face Gonzaga and possibly Michigan State.

The Terps' Nov. 18 opener at Comcast Center is one of at least 15 games against teams that participated in the postseason a year ago. Maryland will also face George Washington, Minnesota and Temple as part of its nonconference schedule and play a 16-game Atlantic Coast Conference schedule.

Maryland opens ACC play on Dec. 11 with a home game against conference newcomer Boston College. The Terrapins will visit Duke on Jan. 11, play host to the Blue Devils on Feb. 11 and entertain defending national champion North Carolina on Feb. 2.

"The schedule, beginning with the Maui Invitational through the always-tough ACC regular season, will be difficult," coach Gary Williams said in a release. "However at Maryland, we enjoy the challenge of competing with the top teams in the country. It should be an exciting year for our fans."

The Terps will be part of one of the best fields ever at the Maui Invitational. The tournament includes six former national champions with Maryland, Kansas, Arizona, Connecticut, Michigan State and Arkansas all on hand. Host Chaminade and Gonzaga, which Maryland faces in a first-round game on Nov. 21, will also participate.

In its 16-game ACC schedule, Maryland will have home-and-home matchups with its travel partners Virginia and Duke, as well as defending NCAA national champion North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Miami. In conference games at home, the Terps face Boston College, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech once each during the regular season. Maryland will play their only regular-season meetings against ACC foes Florida State, N.C. State and Clemson on the road.

The Terrapins return four starters from last year's team, which went 19-13 overall and earned a berth in the semifinals of the Postseason NIT. Maryland will be led by seniors Nik Caner-Medley, Chris McCray and Travis Garrison.


Sat., Nov. 5 - Basketball Travelers (exhibition), 2 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 11 - Virginia Union (exhibition), 8 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 18 - Fairleigh Dickinson, 9 p.m.

Mon., Nov. 21 - vs. Gonzaga (Maui Invitational), 5 p.m.

Tue., Nov. 22 - vs. Michigan St./Chaminade (Maui Invitational), TBA

Wed., Nov. 23 - vs. TBA (Maui Invitational), TBA

Sun., Nov. 27 - Nicholls State, 2 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 30 - Minnesota (ACC/Big Ten Challenge), 7:30 p.m.

Mon., Dec. 5 - vs. George Washington (BB&T Classic), 9 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 7 - Western Carolina, 8 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 11 - Boston College, 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 23 - American, 8 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 28 - Delaware State, 8 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 31 - VMI, 2 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 4 - Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 8 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 7 - at Miami, noon

Wed., Jan. 11 - at Duke, 9 p.m.

Sun., Jan. 15 - Wake Forest, 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 21 - Virginia Tech, 8 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 25 - at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 28 - at Temple, noon

Thu., Feb. 2 - North Carolina, 7 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 5 - at NC State, 2 p.m.

Tue., Feb. 7 - Virginia, 7 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 11 - Duke, 1 p.m.

Tue., Feb. 14 - at Clemson, 8 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 18 - Georgia Tech, 4 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 22 - at Florida State, 9 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 26 - at North Carolina, 5:30 p.m.

Wed., Mar. 1 - Miami, 9 p.m.

Sun., Mar. 5 - at Virginia, 3:30 p.m.

March 9-12 - ACC Tournament

March 16-19 - NCAA First & Second Rounds

(Sites - Greensboro, Jacksonville, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Dayton, Philadelphia, Dallas, Detroit)

March 23-26 - NCAA Regionals

(Sites - Atlanta, Oakland, Washington, Minneapolis)

April 1 & 3 - NCAA Final Four Indianapolis, Ind. (RCA Dome)

August 23, 2005, 6:46 PM EDT

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