Hoop Schedule Released

Well folks, here it is.

And it’s not easy.

The 2008-09 Basketball Schedule:

Sat. Nov. 8 vs. Northwood (exhibition), 2:00 pm
Fri. Nov. 14 vs. Bucknell, 8:00 pm
Tue. Nov. 18 vs. Youngstown State, 8:00 pm
Fri. Nov. 21 vs. Vermont, 8:00 pm
Thurs. Nov. 27 vs. Michigan State (at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando), 7:00 pm, ESPN2
Fri. Nov. 28 vs. Gonzaga/Oklahoma State winner (Old Spice Classic in Orlando), TBA
Sun. Nov. 30 vs. opponent (Old Spice Classic in Olando), TBA
Wed. Dec. 3 vs. Michigan, 7:30 pm, ESPNU
Sun. Dec. 7 vs. George Washington (BB&T Classic at Verizon Center), TBA
Fri. Dec. 12 vs. Delaware State, 8:00 pm, CSN
Mon. Dec. 22 vs. American, 8:00 pm, CSN
Sat. Dec. 27 vs. Bryant, 2:00 pm, CSN
Tue. Dec. 30 vs. Elon, 8:00 pm
Sat. Jan. 3 vs. Charlotte, noon or 1:00 pm, CSN
Wed. Jan. 7 vs. Morgan State, 8:00 pm, CSN
Sat. Jan. 10 vs. Georgia Tech, noon, Raycom Split
Wed. Jan. 14 at Miami, 9:00 pm, Raycom Split
Sat. Jan. 17 at Florida State, noon, Raycom Split
Tue. Jan. 20 vs. Virginia, 8:00 pm, Raycom Split
Sat. Jan. 24 at Duke, noon, ESPN
Tue. Jan. 27 vs. Boston College, 7:30 pm, ESPN2
Sat. Jan. 31 vs. Miami, 8:00 pm, Raycom Split
Tue. Feb. 3 at North Carolina, 8:00 pm, ESPN2
Sun. Feb. 8 at Georgia Tech, 7:30 pm, FSN
Sat. Feb. 14 vs. Virginia Tech, 4:00 pm, Raycom Split
Tue. Feb. 17 at Clemson, 7:30 pm, ESPN2
Sat. Feb. 21 vs. North Carolina, 3:30 pm, ABC
Wed. Feb. 25 vs. Duke, 9:00 pm, ESPN
Sun. Mar. 1 at N.C. State, 7:30 pm, FSN
Tue. Mar. 3 vs. Wake Forest, 9:00 pm, RSN
Sat. Mar. 7 at Virginia, 3:30 pm, ABC
Mar. 12-15 ACC Tournament at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta

Last 5 games: (home vs. UNC, Duke, and Wake plus 2 tough road games) We’ll need some big wins to be dancin. Start praying Gary has some more magic up his sleeves!

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Terps – Cal Start Time Announced

A little football news:

I’m not sure if anyone caught this little nugget; but it appears that the Maryland vs. California non-conference game on September 13th is scheduled to start at 12pm ET.  This is good news for Terp fans as that represents a 9AM start time for the Bears who will hopefully be jet-lagged from their cross-country trip.

Maryland will need every possible advantage to beat a formidable Pac-10 team; so an early kickoff helps.  Look for this game to be a harbinger for the entire season.  A Terp win here; and Maryland could be a special team.  It will also give Maryland instant national credibility.

I love the idea of a home and home series with a Pac-10 foe.  I think that the Terps should pursue more games like this as it will increase our recognition nationwide.

9 Conference Football Games? Nope.

With the hoop craziness quiet for a week, the latest news out of the ACC were the discussions regarding the possibility of adding a 9th conference game to the football season. What that would have done is take away one of the 4 non-conference games per season. But this afternoon, the league has backed off the plan and decided not to change a thing. I think it’s a good decision.

The only other BCS conference that plays a 9 game schedule is the Pac-10. The move would have ensured that half the ACC teams would have a loss – a roadblock to reaching a BCS bowl – but would ease ADs’ budgets because of rising costs to schedule the ‘creampuffs’ from Divsion 1-AA or any mid-major opponents.

Now that the idea has been squashed, my question is how can the ACC improve its football league? Is it as simple as hoping the struggling teams like Miami and FSU return to their former glory, or should they try and set up some more interesting out of conference matchups. I’m used to playing the NC States and Clemsons of the world. We see that every year. I like the games against Rutgers, Cal, and Eastern Michigan (only because I can go to that game!).

Anyway, strength of schedule is important these days with the crappy BCS situation, and it makes sense for all ACC schools to stick with the 8 game schedule and be able to play more non-conference games. That helps the ACC promote itself in its hopes to be rated as a top football conference, since we all know it’s been way down in recent years. Playing and winning against other top conferences would help build a reputation. I would love to see an ACC/SEC football challenge or something. That would be sweet.