What does Maryland’s 2014-15 schedule look like, as released on Thursday? Well, we know what it looks like, but how does it look?
Break it down by the numbers here, split into conference and non-conference portions
Overall record of opponents in 2013-14:
There’s one catch here. Maryland will take part in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in the fall, which locks in one game against Arizona State and another against either Iowa State or Alabama depending on the outcomes of the two games. So here’s how it goes:
Conference schedule + Iowa State: 252-179
Conference schedule + Alabama: 238-191
Number of 2013-14 NCAA tournament teams: 4 (or possibly 5)
Arizona State, Virginia, North Carolina Central, and Oklahoma State all went dancing last season. If Maryland meets Iowa State in either the championship or consolation game of the HOF Classic, that would make five total in the non-conference slate.
Overall record of opponents in 2013-14: 297-195
An important note about calculating the win-loss record of conference opponents -- teams that Maryland will play twice were not counted twice as part of the record tabulation.
That means Michigan State, Penn State, Nebraska, and Rutgers were only counted once.
Number of 2013-14 NCAA tournament teams: 6
Overall, the Big Ten went 10-6 in the NCAA tournament last season. Iowa lost in the First Round to Tennessee, so only five were alive in the Round of 64. Three of those teams -- Wisconsin, Michigan, and Michigan State -- advanced to the Round of 32. Ohio State and Nebraska were eliminated. All three remaining teams won their Round of 32 and Sweet 16 games to advance to the Elite 8.
Only Wisconsin advanced to the Final Four, where it fell to Kentucky.
Overall record of opponents in 2013-14: 549-374 or 535-386 (Win%: .594 or .581)
Number of 2013-14 NCAA tournament teams: 10 or 11 (31 percent or 34 percent of total games)