The University of Maryland men's basketball team has 31 games scheduled for the 2015-16 season. The season begins Friday, November 13 with a home game against Mount St. Mary's University.
Maryland, one of the pre-season favorites to contend for a national championship this season, is playing a difficult schedule with 13 non-conference games and 18 matchups against Big Ten Conference opponents. Among the high-profile non-conference games are contests against Washington, D.C. rival Georgetown University on Nov. 17, the Atlantic Coast Conference/Big Ten Challenge game against the University of North Carolina on December 1 and a game against the University of Connecticut in the Jimmy V Classic on December 8. The matchup against North Carolina is one of the most highly anticipated college basketball games of the season, as ESPN currently ranks these two teams as the best in the country.
Maryland concludes its non-conference schedule against Marshall University on December 27 before opening the Big Ten Conference play on December 30 against Penn State University. Maryland's conference schedule is challenging, as it plays two games against five teams contending for spots in the prestigious national championship tournament in March. Among those teams are perennial conference powers: the University of Wisconsin, Ohio State University and the University of Michigan. Maryland plays Northwestern University and Purdue University twice, along with away games against Indiana University and Michigan State University.
Last year, Maryland returned to the national spotlight after several down years, accumulating a 28-7 record and qualifying for the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010.