As the regular season winds down Sunday, Maryland still clinched a double-bye and 2-seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament. As a result, theTerrapins will face the winner of the 7-seed vs. 10-seed game, which will take place Thursday at 6:30 p.m. EDT. So, who can still play in that game Thursday? Let's take a look:
No. 7 seed - Indiana
Maryland's record against them this season - 1-1 (lost on Jan. 22, 89-70; won on Feb. 11, 68-66)
Indiana clinched the No. 7 seed after its heartbreaking loss to Michigan State Saturday. The Hoosiers are probably the team Maryland is most likely to face, which isn't very comforting to Terps fans as Maryland has really struggled in both of its games against Indiana this season. In January, Maryland lost by 19 on the road to the Hoosiers and in February they escaped with a two-point victory at the Xfinity Center. That said, Maryland seems to be a different team than the one we saw in both of those Indiana games. Additionally, the Hoosiers are really struggling, losing four of their past five with the lone win coming against Rutgers. Regardless, of the four options, Indiana is probably the team Maryland wants to avoid.
Here is our Indiana preview from February.
No. 10 seed - Northwestern, Nebraska, Minnesota
There are still three teams who could be the 10-seed in the Big Ten Tournament. We'll take a quick look at each of them.
Maryland's record against them this season - 1-0 (Maryland won on a last-second put back by Dez Wells on Jan. 25)
Northwestern had a great game against Maryland and it looked as if the Wildcats were going to upset the Terrapins at the Xfinity Center. However, after a missed three-point attempt by freshman Melo Trimble, Dez Wells secured the rebound and had a put-back shot off the glass that gave Maryland a one-point win against the Wildcats.
Northwestern has been playing exceptionally well of late, winning five of its last seven after losing 10 straight Big Ten conference games. They most recently lost on the road to Iowa by 17 on Saturday.
Here is our Northwestern preview from January.
Maryland's record against them this season - 1-0 (Maryland won on Jan. 3 by 12).
Maryland had a pretty easy and convincing win against Minnesota in early January. The Gophers have had an up-and-down season, going on multiple game win streaks and then trading wins and loses. It all adds up to a 6-11 Big Ten record. Maryland matched up well against them in their only game this year and the Gophers might be one of the teams the Terps wouldn't mind facing Friday.
Maryland beat Nebraska by 4 on February 19th at the Xfinity Center.
Maryland downed Nebraska a few weeks ago at the Xfinity Center and will face the Cornhuskers on Sunday to wrap up its season. The Terps are certainly capable of beating Nebraska by more than what they did in their previous match-up. Hopefully they can take care of business today against the Cornhuskers.