Some more good news has surfaced surrounding the buzz for the Maryland Terrapins basketball after their tremendous 2015 season. The Georgetown Hoyas and Maryland Terrapins will play each other in the first ever Gavitt Games. The games are named after the first Big East Conference commissioner Dave Gavitt. According to 247 Sports Maryland writer Jeff Ermann, the two schools haven’t played each other in seven years and there was a request on Maryland’s end in order for the two teams to meet again:
". . .Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson refused to schedule the Hoyas in any sport until they scheduled a men’s basketball game against Maryland, which last played at Georgetown in 1993-1994 and never got a return game at home against its local rival."
What does this mean for Maryland Basketball’s 2016 season and buzz?
This is an opportunity for the Maryland Terrapins to rectify their loss in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge to Virginia. Plus they will have bragging rights over a team who in 2008 beat them soundly 75-48. Unlike 2008’s team, the 2015-16 Terps team has the potential to go toe to toe with Georgetown because of all the pieces they have added recruiting wise and the returns of Jake Layman and Melo Trimble. These acquisitions make the Terps a formidable team in year two of the Big Ten move.
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Not to mention the game will be played in College Park. There will definitely be a sold-out crowd for that one.
Maryland Head Coach Mark Turgeon says that he’s trying feed a monster and feed it every year. Well last year proved that the monster is indeed being fed, and it’s growing. The kind of season the Maryland Terrapins had was outstanding, being projected to finish 10th in the Big Ten; and finishing at number two behind Wisconsin was huge for the program. The Maryland Terrapins proved that predictions only go so far.
What matters at the end of the day is wins and how a team plays on the court.
This matchup no doubt will bring attention to Maryland Basketball and just might be the start of a great sophomore season in the Big Ten.