The Maryland basketball team released its schedule, which runs the gamut from a bunch of nonconference softies to one highly challenging nonconference test against defending NCAA champion Kentucky. Here are five games of interest:

5. Long Island (Nov. 16) » LIU has made it to the NCAA tournament the last two years. This will be a homecoming for Blackbirds starters Jamal Olasewere and C.J. Garner, who led Springbrook to two and one Maryland state titles, respectively, at Comcast.

4. George Mason at Verizon Center (Dec. 2) » The last time Maryland coach Mark Turgeon went to Verizon to play George Mason, it was the 2006 NCAA Sweet 16 round. His Wichita State team lost to the Final Four-bound Patriots.

3. North Carolina (March 6) »

This will be the first year since 2005-06 that the Terps get home-and-home dates with the Tar Heels. Enjoy it while it lasts. After the inclusion of Pittsburgh and Syracuse in the ACC, it may be a while before it happens again.

2. Kentucky at Barclays Center (Nov. 9) »

Shaquille Cleare makes his Terps debut. But will he face the Wildcats' Nerlens Noel? The recruitment of the 6-foot-10 center, the designated replacement for Anthony Davis, is under investigation by the NCAA.

1. Duke (Feb. 16) » Duke. Saturday night. Comcast Center. Maybe it's not what it was a decade ago when "Hey, you suck" was the Terps' call to arms. Better leave the kids at home just to be sure.

- Kevin Dunleavy