No. 5 Women's Basketball
The Terps will find out their seed and regional on Monday night. Most analysts, including ESPN's Charlie Creme, have Maryland as a No. 2 seed in the Lexington regional. That would be important for the Terps because that means they wouldn't have to play No. 1 overall seed and three-time defending national champion UConn until the title game. Maryland will probably have another battle with Louisville with a spot in the Elite Eight on the line. If Maryland gets put in the Lexington regional, I like their chances to make the Final Four for the third time in as many years.
Record this week: N/A
Record this season: (30-3, 16-2)
Grade for the week: Maryland will be back in action this week for the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament.
Title Chances: The Terps have made the Final Four in each of the last two seasons, and I like their chances to make it three in a row.
No. 1 Women's Lacrosse
Maryland women's lacrosse picked up a great road win against an experienced and very physical Syracuse team. Taylor Hensh had the best game of her young Maryland career, scoring four goals and adding an assist. Taylor Cummings picked up a hat trick in a mere 2:30 and Megan Taylor was outstanding in goal. The Terps will hit the road again this weekend to take on Florida in what should be a thrilling No. 1 versus No. 2 matchup.
Record this week: 1-0 (14-9 win over No. 3 Syracuse)
Record this season: (5-0)
Grade for the week: A+. Taylor Hensh's breakout game along with Taylor Cummings' usual brilliance and Megan Taylor's play in goal carried the day for the Terps. This was a very good win against a very good team in a very tough place to play.
Title Chances: 5. Maryland is the favorite to win the Big Ten title.
No. 11 Men's Lacrosse
Maryland got a hard fought win against Drexel early in the week. The Terps then demolished the Princeton Tigers. While 12 different players scored for the Terps in the blowout win against Princeton, Colin Heacock and Matt Rambo led the way with seven of Maryland's 12 goals against Drexel. The Terps will face a big test when Albany and its high-octane offense come to College Park on Wednesday.
Record this week: 2-0 (12-8 win over Drexel and a 17-5 win over Princeton)
Record this season: (3-2)
Grade for the week: A. It's hard not to be impressed with Maryland's big road win against Princeton.
Title Chances: 5. Maryland was picked to finish second in the conference this season, but the Terps have a great chance to win the Big Ten.
Maryland baseball doesn't look like a team that's capable of returning to the NCAA Super Regionals, much less a team capable of going to the College World Series. The starting rotation and the bullpen have struggled. The Terps have a lot of issues that need to be addressed before this team can be considered a serious threat to win the Big Ten title.
Record this week: 2-3 (10-8 loss to Delaware, 19-10 loss to GW, 5-3 win over Bryant, 2-0 loss to Bryant and an 8-6 win over Bryant)
Record this season: (7-8)
Grade for the week: C-. Maryland barely gets a passing grade for salvaging a series win against a very underrated Bryant squad. This team has a lot of issues that need to be addressed.
Title Chances: 2. I don't like Maryland's chances to win the Big Ten because they have yet to show consistency this season.
Geoffrey Alexander will represent Maryland wrestling this week at the NCAA Championships at 133 pounds. He'll be wrestling against the country's best at the world's most famous arena, Madison Square Garden. Alexander is seeded 14th, but I like his chances to place in the top eight and become an All-American.
Maryland gymnastics finished in last place at the Big Five meet in Columbus, Ohio. While the final score of 195.500 wasn't bad, it simply didn't measure up to the rest of the field. The GymTerps will head to the Big Ten Championships this week.
Record this week: 0-4 (197.000-195.500 loss to Nebraska, 196.350-195.500 loss to Michigan State, 196.100-195.500 loss to Ohio State and a 195.950-195.500 loss to Illinois)
Record this season: (7-13)
Grade for the week: B. Maryland didn't perform poorly, but the Terps didn't perform well enough to win either.
Title Chances: Zero.
Brenna Nation's no-hitter was one of the only highlights from another agonizing weekend for Maryland softball. This team is consistently inconsistent. The Terps look like they might be in for a rough season in Julie Wright's first year as head coach.
Record this week: 1-4 (11-2 (6) loss to St. Louis, 7-4 loss to BYU, 8-0 (5) win over St. Louis, 11-2 (6) loss to No. 13 Oklahoma and an 11-0 (6) loss to No. 13 Oklahoma)
Record this season: (7-17)
Grade for the week: F. This was another disappointing week for Maryland softball.
Title Chances: Zero.
Track and Field
Micha Powell took 12th place in the 400 meters and Chioma Onyekwere took 14th place in the weight throw. Those finishes earned them both Second Team All-American honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships. The Track and Field team will now transition to the outdoor season.
Maryland regained its form after a hard-fought loss to Northwestern last week. Purdue isn't a great team, but the Terps were happy to get the big conference win.
Record this week: 1-0 (6-1 win over Purdue)
Record this season: (5-7, 2-1)
Grade for the week: A. This was a nice win after Maryland's blowout loss to Northwestern last week.
Title Chances: Zero.