Maryland released a 2009-10 men's basketball schedule Tuesday. It contains lots of similarities - and one marked difference - with last season's.
Like last season, the Terps will ease into their nonconference schedule with a series of November games they will be expected to win.
Also like last season, Maryland gets tested in a rugged, pre-Christmas tournament.
Last season, it was the Old Spice Classic in Florida. The Terps upset Michigan State, a Top 10 team, before losing to Gonzaga and Georgetown.
This season, Maryland will play in the EA Sports Maui Invitational. The Terps open against Chaminade. The rest of the field includes Vanderbilt, Cincinnati (which features former Maryland recruit Lance Stephenson of Brooklyn, N.Y.), Arizona, Gonzaga and Wisconsin.
A key difference from last season is that Maryland does not play a home-and-home series with North Carolina. The Tar Heels visit Maryland on Feb. 7. But there is no return visit.
Maryland split with North Carolina last season. The Maryland win was its most memorable game of the season.
Maryland does play home-and-home series with Duke, Virginia, Clemson, Florida State and N.C. State.
Terps men's schedule
Date Opponent Time TV
Nov. 3 Indiana (Pa.) (Exhibition) 8 --
Nov. 13 Charleston Southern 8 CSN
Nov. 17 Fairfield 8 CSN
Nov. 20 New Hampshire 8 --
Nov. 23 @ Chaminade * 9:30 ESPNU
Nov. 24 vs. Cincinnati / Vanderbilt * 1:30 /7 TBA
Nov. 25 at EA Sports Maui Invitational TBA TBA
Dec. 1 @ Indiana ** 7:30 ESPN2
Dec. 6 vs. Villanova *** 7:30 MASN/FSSo
Dec. 12 Eastern Kentucky 4:30 CSN
Dec. 22 Winston-Salem State 8 --
Dec. 27 Florida Atlantic 2 --
Dec. 30 William & Mary 7:30 CSN
Jan. 3 @ UNC Greensboro 2 --
Jan. 10 Florida State 5:30 FSN
Jan. 12 @ Wake Forest 8 Raycom
Jan. 16 @ Boston College 4 Raycom
Jan. 19 Longwood 8 --
Jan. 23 NC State 5 or 6 ESPN2
Jan. 28 Miami 9 ESPNU
Jan. 31 @ Clemson 5:30 FSN
Feb. 4 @ Florida State 9 Raycom
Feb. 7 North Carolina 2 FSN
Feb. 10 Virginia 7 RSN
Feb. 13 @ Duke 1 CBS
Feb. 17 @ NC State 9 RSN
Feb. 20 Georgia Tech 2 Raycom
Feb. 24 Clemson 9 Raycom
Feb. 27 @ Virginia Tech 4 Raycom
March 3 Duke 9 ESPN
March 6 @Virginia 1:30 Raycom
* @ EA Sports Maui Invitational
** Big 10 / ACC Challenge
*** BB&T Classic, Verizon Center