Two local rivals that don't hook up on the hardwood often play Friday when Navy visits College Park to meet Maryland. The Terrapins, coming off their 24-7, Big Ten regular season championship campaign, are 1-0 after an impressive 85-67 home win over Old Dominion on Wednesday. Navy (1-0) and the Terps last tangled two years ago with Maryland pulling away in the second half for a 78-57 victory.
Eric Ayala didn't miss a shot, scoring 19 points to lead Maryland to an 8567 victory over Old Dominion in a season opener on Wednesday.
The Terrapins are coming off a 24-7 season in which they won a share of the Big Ten Conference regular-season crown before all postseason play was shut down. Two starters are gone, including forward Jalen Smith, the 10th player selected last Thursday in the NBA Draft, and all-conference point guard Anthony Cowan, off a team ranked 12th in the final 2019-20 Associated Press poll. In addition to a lot of new faces, the Terrapins, like all of college basketball, are dealing with the pandemic as they begin the season, testing players six times a week and taking all manners of precaution, including keeping fans away.