The 2015-2016 season began last night, eight months after the bitter exit from the NCAA tournament at the hands of rival West Virginia. Since then, the Terps lost their heart and soul forward Dez Wells, along with fellow big men Jonathan Graham and Evan Smotrycz and guard Richaud Pack.
Dion Wiley also injured his knee in the exhibition game and will miss four months of the season. How could the Terps replace all that? They bring in Top-10 recruit Diamond Stone, former Duke wing Rasheed Sulaimon and get Robert Carter Jr, who had to sit out last season after transferring to College Park, eligible. Add in year two for Melo Trimble, Jared Nickens and Michal Cekovsky and the Terps begin the year ranked 3 in the polls. The last time the Terps were ranked in the top three at the start of the season,they won a national title. If the Terps want to bring the title back to College Park, there are a few games during the season they have to win.
The University of Maryland’s move to the Big Ten athletic conference after 61 years in the Atlantic Coast Conference brought about more money for the school, but it also included more academic opportunities for students in the forms of research and resources.
By joining the Big Ten, UMD also joined the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, a partnership of universities in the athletic conference that “collaborate on research projects, offer educational opportunities for students , and share resources in areas such as purchasing and buying libraries,” according to the university website.
The Maryland Terrapins women’s basketball team is the fifth best team in the country. They have a 23-2 record on the season and have won 17 straight games. Consider this, Maryland has been on ESPN2 for three out of the team’s last five games, yet their student section is half empty. They receive more national attention than they do within a campus radius.
Maryland has won all 14 games that they have played against the Big Ten. Only three of these wins were within a single digit margin. On average they score 21.4 more points than their opponents, sixth best margin in the country. The two games they lost were against Washington State in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and at Notre Dame who was the best team in the country at the time.