COLLEGE PARK, Maryland (Ticker) -- Defending national champion and 15th-ranked Maryland christens its brand-new Comcast Center on Sunday evening when it hosts Miami of Ohio.
Maryland (0-0) captured the first national title in school history and closed out venerable Cole Field House with an 84-game non-conference home winning streak since a loss to Coppin State in 1989. The Terrapins were a perfect 15-0 at home last year and now will set foot in the fourth home venue in school history.
The Terrapins lost Juan Dixon, Lonny Baxter and Chris Wilcox to the NBA, but returns a veteran starter in senior point guard Stave Blake, the current assists leader in college basketball. Blake has 751 assists.
Tahj Holden is set to replace Baxter in the starting lineup after averaging 5.6 points a year ago. Senior Drew Nicholas gets Dixon's spot and will be making his second career start.
Maryland also features athletic freshmen in Nik Caner-Medley and Chris McCray. Flashy freshman point guard John Gilchrist is set to back up Blake.
Miami (0-1) was throttled in its season opener at Purdue on Friday, 73-46. Juby Johnson scored 17 points and for the RedHawks, who shot 34 percent (17-of-50).