Remember all those folks wondering if they'd witnessed the final Duke-Maryland game in College Park for a good long while?
And everyone wondering if they'd see North Carolina anytime soon after last season?
And even if teams like Clemson and N.C. State would be back after playing their lone games against Maryland at Comcast Center last season?
Those will be road trips for Maryland this year.
In fact, Maryland's home schedule could be passed off as a circa 2001 Big East slate, and a lot of folks wouldn't really be able to tell the difference. Take a look:
This really shouldn't be a surprise, considering the litigious acrimony set off by Maryland's move to the Big Ten in time for the 2014-15 school year. But it is one more thing for Terrapins fans to gripe about on the way out the door.
While that isn't going to be the easiest schedule for the Maryland ticket office to sell, the greater issue at hand is whether the duplicate opponents are going to help the Terps.
Pittsburgh (an NCAA tournament team this year) and Virginia (a borderline bunch that should be better) will. Florida State could. Virginia Tech, minus league scoring leader Erick Green, has a chance to be memorably bad --- and thus won't help a bit.
Fans won't like the fact Duke and North Carolina are road-only opponents, but the nastiest bit of scheduling on the ACC's part has to be dealing Virginia Tech to Maryland twice. It probably won't matter a ton, but it is anything but a favor in terms of RPI and overall strength of schedule.
--- Patrick Stevens