Maryland lost its season opener in November against Kentucky. But the experience at sold out Barclays Center in Brooklyn was so positive that the Terrapins will do it again in the same building next season, kicking off Nov. 8 against Connecticut.
“We’re looking forward to returning to Barclays Center to play a quality opponent in Connecticut,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said in a statement. “This will be a great experience for our players and fans.”
Playing UConn in New York might be a good omen for Maryland. The last time the teams met was 2002, when the Terps beat the Huskies 90-82 in the Elite Eight round in Syracuse, N.Y. on their way to the school’s lone NCAA title.
According to the release the Terps signed a multi-year agreement last month to continue to play at Barclays. Expect Maryland to continue to beef up its non-conference schedule for next season. Earlier this year, Turgeon said his team would have benefited this season from playing tougher foes in November and December.
“It was a great experience to play at a first-class facility like Barclays Center last season,” Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson said in the statement. “We’re looking forward to returning and taking on a great opponent in front of an energetic and enthusiastic crowd.”