The Terps will head to the Carrier Dome on Monday, November 27, in what should be a nationally televised contest. Maryland is coming off a 24-9 season where they lost to Xavier in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Though they lose Melo Trimble, most of the other primary contributors will return for the Terrapins. That should mean a top 25ish spot to start the 2017-18 season (on paper, at least).
Syracuse is 3-5 all-time vs. Maryland, and have won the last three games in the series. That includes a controversial 57-55 win in 2014, a 2008 NIT game and a 2004 NCAA Tournament matchup.
Also of note is where this game sits on the schedule. It’s likely to tip off a tougher three-game stretch for the Orange. After the Monday night game against Maryland, they’ll face the Kansas Jayhawks in the Hoophall Miami Invitational on Saturday, December 2. Then they’ll play the Connecticut Huskies on that following Tuesday.
Cool? Cool. It’ll probably be a bit before we see television details on this one. Nonetheless, it’s good to see a bigger name opponent in this challenge, and one that should draw some outside attention. We ranked it seventh out of the 14 games on this year’s ACC/Big Ten schedule.