Maryland men’s basketball to play in Asheville Championship Tournament

Maryland men’s basketball now has another non-conference tournament added to its early 2023-24 schedule.

Maryland is among the participants in this year’s Asheville Championship with the early season MTE featuring Maryland, Clemson, Davidson and UAB beginning Nov. 10-12 at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center-Asheville in North Carolina, the program announced.

The Asheville Championship marks the third consecutive season where Maryland has participated in a non-conference tournament. Maryland came out victorious in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Championship after defeating Saint Louis and Miami (FL) last season.

Maryland is also scheduled to face UCLA on December 22 in the second game of a two year home-and-home series. The news comes one day after Donta Scott became the second senior to return to Maryland, potentially giving head coach Kevin Willard his first preseason top 25 team in College Park.

Via release:

Clemson is coming off a 23-11 campaign with a 14-6 mark in ACC play. The Tigers fell in the ACC Championship Semifinals before then having their season conclude in the first round of the NIT.

Davidson (16-16, 8-10 A-10) fell in the Atlantic 10 Championship Quarterfinals last season – a rare down season for a program which has reached five NCAA Tournaments since 2012 along with four NIT berths.

UAB posted a 29-10 record in 2022-23 culminating with a run to the NIT Championship game. The 29 wins were a program record, while reaching the NIT title game also marked a first for the program. 

The Terps won the 2022 Hall of Fame Tip-Off Championship at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut last season as part of its 22-13 campaign. Maryland defeated Saint Louis and Miami at the event as part of its 8-0 start to the season. It marked the Terps’ 33rd regular-season tournament championship and the first since winning the 2019 Orlando Invitational title.

North Carolina legend and Asheville native Coach Roy Williams is the official ambassador of the Asheville Championship. Williams is dedicated to helping grow and expand the event to become a premier early-season championship featuring top basketball programs from across the country. Coach Dave Odom will once again serve as the official Chair of the Asheville Championship. The former National Coach of the Year and three-time Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year at Wake Forest has overseen tournament relations for the Asheville Championship since its inception, and the Maui Jim Maui Invitational since 2009. 

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