If the Maryland men's basketball team can beat Hawaii in a game on Sunday night, the Terps' Sweet 16 opponent is already locked in. It would be Kansas, the tournament's top overall seed, setting up a game rich with subtext.
An updated South Region bracket is below:
Maryland, of course, shouldn't be looking past the Rainbow Warriors. But there's no reason we can't, and it's worth considering what's on Maryland's horizon – if the Terps are to have any horizon at all.
Kansas' Sweet 16 game, as well as the regional final in the Elite Eight, will be in Louisville, Ky. The Jayhawks are likely to have a massive home-court advantage in that game against either Hawaii or Maryland, but the Terps are pretty clearly the likelier team to give the Jayhawks a real run for their money.
The game would also mark a reunion of sorts for Maryland coach Mark Turgeon, who has deep Kansan roots. Turgeon played point guard for the Jayhawks from 1984 to 1987 before spending five seasons there as an assistant, first under Larry Brown and then under Roy Williams. This would be, in essence, the Mark Turgeon Bowl.
For it to happen, Maryland needs to beat Hawaii. Tip in that game is set for 7:10 p.m. ET on TBS.