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Maryland releases full non-conference schedule for 2016-17

Maryland releases full non-conference schedule for 2016-17

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)

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Maryland loses two as Justin Jackson declares for NBA Draft, will sign with agent

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Maryland loses two as Justin Jackson declares for NBA Draft, will sign with agent

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland forward Justin Jackson will forgo his final two seasons of college eligibility to seek a career in the NBA.

Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon also says guard Dion Wiley will transfer before playing his senior season.

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Jackson averaged 10.5 points as a freshman before missing most of the 2017-18 season with a shoulder injury.

Jackson says, "After talking with my family and weighing my options, it's my desire to turn my full attention to preparing for a career in professional basketball."

Wiley appeared in 83 career games, playing a backup role on three teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament under Turgeon.

Maryland was 19-13 this season, including 8-10 in the Big Ten, and failed to reach the postseason.

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Lefty Driesell to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame per report

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Lefty Driesell to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame per report

Long-time University of Maryland men’s basketball coach Charles Grice “Lefty” Driesell will finally be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame this year.

This is according to NBC Sports Washington contributor Jon Feinstein.

Driesell coached the Terrapins for 17 seasons between 1969-86. While guiding the program to eight NCAA Tournament appearances and an NIT Championship, Driesell transformed Maryland into a legitimate force in college basketball.

When hired by the Terps, Driesell famously announced that he wanted to turn Maryland into the “UCLA of the East.” After only four seasons he had made it to two ACC Championship Games and his first Elite Eight appearance. His success opened the door not only for the program but the school to compete at the highest levels of competition.

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Maryland made it as high as the Elite Eight twice under the reign of Driesell. He was named ACC Coach of the Year twice and won one ACC Tournament Championship in 1984. At the time of his NIT Championship with the Terps in 1972, the NIT was held in a similar regard to the NCAA Tournament.

He is second on Maryland’s all-time wins list (348), behind Gary Williams’ 461. Driesell however, still holds the best win percentage of all Maryland coaches with 68.6 win percentage.

After Maryland, the former Duke basketball coached at James Madison for just short of a decade and ended his coaching days at Georgia State. Driesell also coached at Davidson before taking the Maryland job to combine for over 40 seasons at the head of a Division I basketball program.

The 86-year-old was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame back in 2007. He also the namesake for the NCAA’s best defensive player of the year award, which was first awarded in 2010.

The official announcement from the Naismith Hall of Fame will be during the Final Four on Saturday, March 31.

WANT MORE HOOPS?  Listen below as Troy Machir and Chick Hernandez discuss Lefty Driesell's legacy in the area and why the Terps icon was on the outside of the Hall of Fame for so long.