Maryland and George Mason will meet in the 18th BB&T Classic this upcoming season. George Mason athletic director Tom O'Connor confirmed the men's basketball matchup with CSNwashington. The game is scheduled for December 2 at the Verizon Center.Anannual participantin the BB&T, Maryland previously played George Mason in 2004 with the Terps winning 78-54. This will be George Mason's fourth appearance, the last coming in 2007.Last season in the first appearance with new coach Mark Turgeon, Maryland defeated Notre Dame.O'Connor released a message to supporters of the program this week, providing updates on the Colonial Athletic Association, conference realignment and notable games on the upcoming non-conference schedule. In addition to Maryland, George Mason will face Virginia, Richmond, Bucknell and Northern Iowa. The Patriots will also be among eight teams including Connecticut and Wake Forest participating in the Paradise Jam. "We have a strategy in place that is designed to continue the elevation of our athletics program, and in particular our mens basketball program," O'Connor said in a portion of the statement. "One of our main focuses going forward is the strengthening of our non-conference schedule in mens basketball. We appreciate and understand the value of creating the right balance of strength and wins during the non-conference portion of the schedule so that we put ourselves in the best possible position for an at-large berth to the tournament."In fact, this coming season we will be playing games against Maryland, Virginia, Richmond, Bucknell, and Northern Iowa, and will participate in the Paradise Jam. This is the type of non-conference schedule Coach Hewitt and I want us to play because this is ultimately what provides non-BCS teams with at-large consideration."
For almost two decades, Ray Lewis was one of the main attractions when it came to football in Maryland. Now, another Lewis will have the chance to make a name for himself in the Old Line State.
Rayshad Lewis, Ray's son, announced Monday on his Twitter that he'll be transferring to College Park to play for the Terps. He'll be able to debut for DJ Durkin's team in 2018 after sitting out next season.
New chapter... You ain't gotta understand just sit back and watch pic.twitter.com/O7oxLbuvYT— Rayshad Lewis (@ThatOtherLewis) May 8, 2017
As a true freshman at Utah State last year, Lewis had nearly 500 receiving yards on 40 catches. Eight of those grabs went for 20-plus yards, and he found the end zone twice for the Aggies.
RELATED: JUAN DIXON IS NOW A HEAD COACH
According to Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun, Maryland basketball legend Juan Dixon will be named the head coach at Coppin State, his first men's head coaching job.
After his playing career wound down after stints in the NBA and Europe, Dixon joined Mark Turgeon's staff in College Park but was not retained after the 2015-16 season.
For 2016-17, Dixon took over the UDC women's basketball coaching job finishing with a 3-25 record, but only had nine scholarship athletes.
Dixon will take over a struggling Coppin State program that has only won 25 games in the past three seasons and hasn't finished with a winning record in the MEAC since 2011-12.
Coppin State became only the third No. 15 seed to top a No. 2 seed in 1997, but have only made the NCAA tournament one time since then (2008). Dixon will look to return Coppin State to the success it had during the 1990's.
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