Coach Gary Williams was looking to jack up Maryland’s schedule for 2010-2011. Good job, Gary.
The Terrapins did a great job mixing in some easy competition with some top competition. Throw in one of the country’s best regular season tournaments and ACC play and Maryland will not have to worry about strength of schedule this year.
MARYLAND’S 2010-2011 SCHEDULE
The beauty of the Coaches vs. Cancer is not only that it involves coaches fighting cancer, but it’s one of the earliest tournaments that let’s teams figure out real quick where they’re at.
Maryland will host two games at home, against Seattle and College of Charleston. Both should be easy wins. They’ll take a game against Maine on November 14, before heading to Manhattan.
Once there, they’ll find a very tough Pittsburgh team waiting in the semis. This will be a great measuring stick for Gary William’s squad. On the other side of the bracket, Maryland could face either Illinois or Texas.
Heading into December, the Terrapins take a couple breathers, facing both Delaware State and Elon at home.
Next up is the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Here you would expect to find some solid competition for last year’s regular season co-champion, but here you would be wrong.
Somehow Maryland got matched up against 11-19 Penn State. One day someone smarter than me will have to explain that one.
Maryland does make up for it four days later when they head to D.C. to take on a underrated Temple team in the BB&T Classic.
They’ll take on three cupcakes (NJIT, North Florida and Colgate), before heading into ACC play.
You have to hand it to the schedule makers. They don’t waste anytime bringing the goods. The Terrapins first ACC game is against their favorite rivals, the Duke Blue Devils. Of course it’s on the road, which is never fun.
In fact, they have three in a row on the road. After Duke, they take on Wake Forest before heading back out of conference for a marquee match up with Villanova.
When was the last time Maryland played a team like Villanova in mid-January? That one will air on CBS on January 15.
Maryland will face Duke twice and Virginia Tech twice. They get North Carolina only once, but its in Chapel Hill.
They’ll face NC State and Florida State (two teams I expect to be among the top-five in the ACC in 2010-2011) only once each, both times at home, late in the season.