Maryland "Midnight Madness" returns to Cole

Maryland "Midnight Madness" returns to Cole
September 24, 2013, 10:15 am
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Maryland will play its final season in the ACC in 2013-14, and it will begin this last chapter where the roots of the program were planted almost 60 years ago.

The school will host its annual "Midnight Madness" festivities on Friday, Oct. 18 at Cole Field House, the arena that served as Maryland's home from 1955-2002.

"Cole Field House represented many of the most iconic and memorable moments in Maryland basketball program history," Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon said in a statement.

"Cole was host to multiple hall of fame coaches and countless All-Americans that helped make Maryland basketball what it is today. It will be a special evening for our fans, students, alumni and our university as we reconnect with the historic past of Cole Field House and Maryland basketball.”

Maryland has hopes of an NCAA tournament berth after settling for an NIT bid in 2012-13. 

The Terrapins lost center Alex Len to the NBA after he was selected No. 5 overall by the Phoenix suns, but bring in a duo of solid freshmen in point guard Roddy Peters and big man Damonte Dodd.

Michigan transfer Evan Smotrycz also becomes eligible after sitting out last season in accordance with NCAA rules.

Maryland took a preseason trip to the Bahamas in early August, where went undefeated and won three exhibition games against local all-star teams.

During the trip, both point guard Seth Allen and swingman Jake Layman showed signs of major improvement. If both become consistent pieces of Maryland's rotation, it would solve two of the biggest issues the Terrapins had last season: point guard play and three-point shooting.

Doors for "Midnight Madness" open at 5:30 p.m. and the event starts at 6:30 p.m. Students can reserve tickets online beginning Sept. 30 at 8:30 a.m. by visiting umterps.com/students. Terrapin Club members can reserve tickets at umterps.com or by calling 1-800-462-TERP.

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