This time it's baseball. Maryalnd's overall record was solid (32-24), but their record in AAC play was 10-20. Since only the top 8 teams get to participate in the ACC tournament, Maryland is on the outside looking in. But believe it or not there's still a reasonable chance they'll make it to the NCAA tournament. The actual tournament selection is next Monady at noon on either ESPNU or ESPN3. How could Maryalnd be excluded from the ACC tournament yet play in the NCAA touirnament? Read on....
The ACC has consistently been ranked either #1 or #2 in terms of conference RPI. Three of the top 10 teams are from the ACC (#1 FSU, #5 North Carolina, and #10 NC State), and three others are in the top 25. Maryland currently stands at #33 and has the #9 SOS. here are some other positives in the Terps' favor:
1. Their record against the top 10 is an impressive 6-6.
2. They won a tournament earlier in the year (Keith LaClare Classic) against some top 25 teams.
3. Brett Harman, the staff's ace was named second team All-ACC.
Hurting the Terps' chances are losses to George Mason and Delaware. But Maryland is good enough to compete with any team in the country.