Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Terps Are Jumping to Big Ten ; North Carolina, Butler Advance in Maui Invitational

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Terps Are Jumping to Big Ten ; North Carolina, Butler Advance in Maui Invitational

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Maryland is joining the Big Ten, and Rutgers is expected to follow suit. Maryland announced Monday that it is leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference in a move driven by the school's budget woes.

Maryland will become member of the Big Ten starting in 2014. Rutgers is expected to announce today that it is splitting from the Big East, a move that will give the Big Ten an even 14 teams.

"By being a member of the Big Ten Conference, we are able to ensure financial stability for Maryland athletics for decades to come," Maryland President Wallace D. Loh Loh said during a news conference with Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany and Athletic Director Kevin Anderson.

There will be some financial matters to resolve. After the ACC added Notre Dame as a member in all sports but football and hockey in September, the league voted to raise the exit fee to $50 million. Maryland was one of two schools that voted against the increased exit fee.

Loh believes the potential financial gain of the Big Ten deal will more than offset the sum.

The Big East's exit fee is $10 million, but the league also requires a 27-month notification period for departing members. That means Rutgers will not be able to join the Big Ten until 2015 without working out some kind of deal with the Big East.

No. 9 UNC 95, Mississippi St. 49: Leslie McDonald scored 21 points as one of five North Carolina players in double-figures in an easy 95-49 win over Mississippi State on Monday at the Maui Invitational.

P. J. Hairston had 18 points, Reggie Bullock had 16 points, and Dexter Strickland and James McAdoo each scored 10.

Roquez Johnson led the Bulldogs with 12 points.

The Tar Heels scored the game's first nine points and led 29-6 in less than 10 minutes. Mississippi State never came closer than 20 points behind after that. A fade-away 3-pointer from Hairston put UNC up 42 with 5:30 left in the game.

Mississippi State made just seven shots in the first half and shot 28.3 percent for the game. …

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