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Maryland’s non-conference schedule features two elite matchups


Maryland released their non-conference schedule on Tuesday afternoon and while it’s not overloaded with marquee non-conference matchups, there are two games on the schedule that should make every college basketball fan happy.

On Nov. 17th, the Terps will square off with Georgetown in College Park as part of the Gavitt Games, the new conference challenge between the Big East and the Big Ten. Despite having campuses that are roughly 10 miles from each other, those two programs haven’t scheduled each other for three decades (there’s a story there). There will be a lot of bragging rights on the line in the DMV, an area that’s consistently had quite a bit of high major basketball talent.

Then, on Dec. 1st, the Terps will pay a visit to Chapel Hill to take on North Carolina in a battle between two of the three teams considered to be favorites to be ranked preseason No. 1. That game will be a part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Beyond that, Maryland has a schedule that’s mostly filled with unexciting games outside of a date with UConn in the Jimmy V Classic. It’s somewhat concerning, considering that the Terps are so highly ranked right now and two of their three notable non-conference matchups were scheduled by the Big Ten decision makers. But the games are on the schedule nonetheless.

Anywhere, here is the full schedule:

Fri., Nov. 6: Southern New Hampshire (Exhibition)
Fri., Nov. 13: Mount Saint Mary’s
Tue., Nov. 17: Georgetown (Gavitt Games)
Fri., Nov. 20: Rider
Tue., Nov. 24: vs. Illinois State (Cancun Classic)
Wed., Nov. 25: vs. Rhode Island/TCU (Cancun Classic)
Sat., Nov. 28: Cleveland State
Tue., Dec. 1: at North Carolina (Big Ten/ACC Challenge)
Fri., Dec. 4: St. Francis (PA)
Tue., Dec. 8: vs. UConn (Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden)
Sat., Dec. 12: Maryland-Eastern Shore
Sat., Dec. 19: Princeton (Baltimore)
Sun., Dec. 27: Marshall

Marquette’s non-conference schedule leaves much to be desired

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Marquette announced their completed non-conference schedule on Monday and it’s interesting, to say the least.

The Golden Eagles have a couple of tests on the schedule. They play Iowa in the Gavitt Games, the Big East-Big Ten competition that takes place during the first week of the season. They head to New York to play in the Legends Classic with Arizona State, LSU and N.C. State. And they take on in-state rival Wisconsin.

Beyond that? Things get pretty ugly.

Of the other nine teams on Marquette’s schedule, just one of them — Belmont — finished last season ranked higher than 286th on KenPom. Seven of those other eight finished last season ranked 316th or worse on KenPom, including three of the nation’s seven lowest-ranked teams and, arguably, the two worst teams in the country last season in Grambling and San Jose State.


I’m bullish on Marquette. I actually have them ranked in my preseason top 25. That may change come September, however, as it seems that I may be more confident in what this group can do that Steve Wojciechowski is.

Anyway, here’s the full non-conference slate:

11/9: Valley City State (Exhibition)
11/13: Belmont (Legends Classic)
11/16: IUPUI (Legends Classic)
11/19: Iowa (Gavitt Tip-Off Games)
11/23-24: Arizona St./LSU/NC St., New York, N.Y. (Legends Classic)
11/29: Jackson State
12/02: Grambling St.
12/05: Maine
12/08: San Jose State
12/12: at Wisconsin
12/22: Chicago State
12/27: Presbyterian
1/27: Stetson

Battle between San Diego State, California headlines Las Vegas Invitational first round

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The opening round of the 2015 Las Vegas Invitational will give us one of the better non-conference matchups on the west coast, as Cal will square off with San Diego State, a source told

West Virginia, who is fresh off of a 25-win season and a trip to the Sweet 16, will draw Richmond in the other semifinal.

Cal is a legitimate contender for the Pac-12 title this season, as the Golden Bears not only returned Tyrone Wallace, Jabari Bird and Jordan Mathews but added top five freshmen Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb to the mix as well. SDSU will be the favorite to win the Mountain West, as Malik Pope and Winston Shepard both opted to return to school.

The tournament will take place at the Orleans Arena in Vegas on Nov. 26th and 27th.

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