With the release of Maryland’s full men’s basketball schedule in August came the cries of a bias from the ACC that would force the Terrapins to go on the road against NC State, North Carolina, and Duke.
It was a way of, as the line of thinking went, giving Maryland one last punch to the gut on its way out the door to the Big Ten.
Maryland dropped the first of the three, a crushing loss to NC State in Raleigh even when the Wolfpack were without the services of their best player, TJ Warren.
And now head coach Mark Turgeon and the Terrapins move on, set to face North Carolina on the road in Chapel Hill for an 8 p.m. tip on Tuesday night. The question of scheduling was raised again when he spoke with the media on Monday afternoon.
“I just think it’s the way it is,” Turgeon said. “It’s life, so it’s what we’ve got to do.
“We get Syracuse at home, Notre Dame at home. Those are two good ones for our fans, too ... You know, for our fans, I would have loved to have Carolina and Duke at home but it didn’t work out that way.”
It’s doubtful Turgeon would ever publicly admit a bias even if he believed it, which is why his comment without really commenting is expected.
After taking on UNC on Tuesday, Maryland will finish out the North Carolina swing on Feb. 15 at Cameron Indoor against Duke.