Maryland opened its season on Friday night with an 80-56 victory over Mount St. Mary’s -- a scrappy mid-major that is picked to win the Northeastern Conference this season and gave the Terrapins a fight for nearly 30 mintues.
But in just the first 24 hours of the college basketball season, three of Maryland’s opponents have already suffered upset losses. Take a look.
Western Illinois 69, No. 17 Wisconsin 67
The Badgers are experiencing a massive year-over-year talent drain that included two players -- Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker -- being take in the first round of the NBA draft, along with key players like Traevon Jackson, Duje Dukan. and Josh Gasser.
Still, the Badgers were only able to muster 35 percent shooting from the floor in the season-opening loss while Western Illinois shot 54 percent and a terrific (though unsustainable) 7-of-9 from three-point range.
Radford 82, Georgetown 80
The hope for Maryland on Friday was that a big matchup against Georgetown on the horizon wouldn’t distract from what was immediately in front of them against Mount St. Mary’s. Georgetown tripped on that stumbling block, a Radford team that pushed them to double overtime before Rashun Davis’ last-second three sank the Hoyas.
The question now is how Georgetown responds. Are they deflated or do they bounce back with aggression against Maryland? Read more from CSN's Ben Standig here.
North Florida 93, Illinois 81
Coming off an NCAA tournament berth, the Ospreys never trailed against the Illini.
Last season, the Terrapins suffered an early Big Ten loss when they went to Champaign and were beaten. This season, the two will not meet until March 3.