The Maryland Terrapins won't be in full "rebuild mode" when the 2016-17 basketball season arrives, and by the looks of their non-conference schedule, the program is not approaching the season as such.
But that's not to say it is a strong schedule. It isn't particularly strong. But that is both good and bad.
The Terrapins released its full non-conference schedule on Thursday afternoon, which features a bevy of games with both local and national flare.
Maryland will open up the season with a quartet of games against local competition, starting with American University on Friday, Nov. 11. Four days later, the Terps will head to the Verizon Center to take on Georgetown in a rematch of their highly entertaining game from a year ago, the first regular-season meeting between the two since 1993.
The Terps, led by the returning Melo Trimble, will host Saint Mary's (DIII) on Thursday, Nov. 17 and Towson on Sun. Nov. 20 before taking on Stony Brook, the 2016 America East champs on Tuesday, Nov. 22.
Maryland will also make another trip to "the Big Apple" competing in the Barclays Classic. They will play Richmond on Nov. 25, and the winner of Kansas State vs. Boston College on Nov. 26.
Pittsburgh, who the Terps will play in the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge, and Oklahoma State round out the Terps' marquee national games on the non-conference schedule.
Overall, the construction of the schedule is adequate given the roster makeup. The Terps will face at least two teams with a Top 100 RPI (Pittsburgh and Stony Brook) and potentially another (Kansas State), with Georgetown and Oklahoma State expected to improve. But
Maryland Terrapins 2016-17 Non-Conference Schedule:
— 11/5 (Sat.): Catawba College (DII)
— 11/11 (Fri.): American
— 11/15 (Tues.): at Georgetown
— 11/17 (Thurs.): St. Mary's College of Maryland (DIII)
— 11/20 (Sat.): Towson
— 11/22 (Tues.): Stony Brook
— 11/25 (Fri.): Richmond (in NYC)
— 11/26 (Sat.): Boston College or Kansas State (in NYC)
— 11/29 (Tues.): Pittsburgh
— 12/3 (Sat.): Oklahoma State
— 12/7 (Wed.): Howard
— 12/10 (Sat.): Saint Peter's
— 12/12 (Mon.): Jacksonville State
— 12/20 (Tues.): Charlotte (in Baltimore)