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MM 4.7: Maryland basketball slated as No. 10 seed in Joe Lunardi’s way-too-early 2021 bracket

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This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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There was no 2020 NCAA Tournament this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t look towards next year’s tournament.

ESPN’s Joe Lunardi released the first version of the way-too-early March Madness bracket Monday, featuring Maryland men’s basketball as the No. 10 seed in the East region.

The Terps are predicted to face No. 7 seed LSU, which would be an interesting matchup considering what happened last time these two programs met in March 2019.

Also included in the East region is No. 1 seed Villanova, No. 2 seed Duke, No. 3 seed Michigan State, No. 4 seed West Virginia and No. 5 seed Ohio State. The other No. 1 seeds include Kentucky, Gonzaga and Creighton.

It’s a major step down for the Terps, who were projected as a three or four seed this past season. They competed the 2019-20 season with a share of the Big Ten regular season title, but will be missing a few pieces to their team next year.

Most notably, guard Anthony Cowan Jr. will no longer be with the program and Jalen Smith is expected to leave for the NBA — though there has not been an official announcement yet. Sophomore forward Ricky Lindo Jr. also won’t be with the team after the program announced he entered the transfer portal March 30.

Maryland added Boston College transfer Jairus Hamilton, though it is unclear whether he will receive a waiver to play right away.

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