Maryland has its 2011 early-season basketball tournament solidified: The Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
The Terrapins will be joined in the Nov. 17-20 (with games on Thursday, Friday and Sunday) by Alabama, Colorado, Iona, Purdue, Temple, Wichita State and one team to be announced.
It will be the Terrapins' first trip to Puerto Rico since beating AU-Puerto Rico, UCLA and Pittsburgh to win the San Juan Shootout in 1998.
Maryland plays Temple this season in the BB&T Classic, but the field will be mostly an unfamilar one. A look at the Terrapins' series records for the other five announced teams:
Alabama: Terps lead 3-0; last meeting in 1985
Colorado: No meetings
Iona: Terps lead 2-0; last meeting in 2006
Purdue: No meetings
Wichita State: Terps lead 1-0; lone meeting in 1968
And, just for fun, how this trip compares to other early events Maryland has played in over the last dozen years:
RECENT MARYLAND EARLY-SEASON, OUT-OF-D.C. TOURNAMENTS
1998: San Juan Shootout, Puerto Rico (WON)
1999: Preseason NIT, New York
2000: Maui Invitational, Hawaii
2001: Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, New York
2005: Maui Invitational, Hawaii
2006: Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, New York (WON)
2007: CBE Classic, Kansas City
2008: Old Spice Classic, Orlando
2009: Maui Invitational, Hawaii
2010: Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, New York
2011: Puerto Rico Tip-Off, San Juan