For the past three seasons, Maryland men’s basketball has participated in the Gavitt Tipoff Games, an annual event where teams from the Big Ten and Big East go head-to-head for conference supremacy.

In those three years, the Terps have gone 3-0. They beat Georgetown in College Park, then they beat the Hoyas again in our nation’s capital before topping Butler in their most recent season.

Each of the matchups with a Big East foe was memorable. When the Hoyas came to Xfinity Center, Scott Van Pelt did a live SportsCenter on the court after the game, and the return trip to Washington, D.C. was highlighted by a furious Maryland rally and the biggest block of Kevin Huerter’s career. The Terps’ victory over the Bulldogs on Batman Night was also pretty neat — it wound up being their best win of the otherwise largely forgettable 2017-18 campaign.

However, Maryland will not have a chance to get to 4-0 in the Gavitt Games this year.

The news that the Terps will not be taking part this season is pretty disappointing. Out-of-conference games against other power conference teams are always fun to watch — and they can be a major help when it comes to improving to a team’s strength of schedule.

While I think I speak for everyone when I say a game against Villanova probably would have ended poorly, a second matchup with Butler at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse would have been pretty fun. Alternatively, facing other teams that have frequently made the NCAA tournament in recent years — such as Creighton, Providence and Seton Hall — would have been enjoyable as well.

As for why Maryland isn’t playing in the Gavitt Games this year, there’s only one possible explanation: The Big East is scared.