Maryland suffered a frustrating loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament Saturday afternoon, squandering away a 16-point lead in the process. Prior to the Big Ten Tournament, bracketologists viewed Maryland as a lock to make the NCAA Tournament and many believed they would be a 3-seed. But did any of that change after they defeated Indiana and loss to Michigan State?
I asked bracket expert Patrick Stevens, who is one of the best bracketologists in the business, whether Maryland would remain a 3-seed, despite Saturday's loss to the Spartans:
@TestudoDave Yeah. That's where I figured it would land regardless.— Patrick Stevens (@D1scourse) March 14, 2015
Stevens also has Maryland as the No. 3 team on his at-large board, meaning its the third best team that will not receive its conference's automatic bid.
What about other bracketologists?
Joe Lunardi of ESPN, one of the most famous bracketologists in the business, had Maryland as a 3-seed entering today. Again, looking at the Terps' full body of work, it's hard to imagine that they drop down to a 4-seed after a close loss on a neutral court to Michigan State.
Jerry Palm of CBS Sports had Maryland as a 3-seed entering today. It's hard to imagine that a loss to Michigan State would really impact the Terps too much. He's had them as a 3-seed for a while.
Stewart Mandel of Fox Sports had the Terps as a 3-seed entering today as well, so even in his latest projection, it's hard to see Maryland slipping to a 4-seed.
Chris Dobbertean of SBNation was also on the Maryland as a 3-seed train. Maryland might have lost today, but no other team behind them has really done much to prove they're more deserving of a 3-seed over the Terps. We also asked Chris whether he thought Maryland would remain as a 3-seed.
@testudotimes They were on the cusp of the two line, so yes. We are probably going to have a 10-loss team on the 3 line. That helps.— Chris Dobbertean (@ChrisDobbertean) March 14, 2015
We'll get our answer for sure tomorrow. If Maryland does receive a 3-seed, it will be the highest it's been seeded since the Terrapins were a 1-seed in 2001-02, when they went on to win the National Championship. Maryland has been a 4-seed in three of its past four NCAA Tournament appearances.