After months of speculation, Selection Sunday is finally here. We will finally learn where the Maryland Terrapins will be seeded, who they'll play, and learn what the NCAA's Selection Committee thinks about the Terps.
Entering the Big Ten Tournament, Maryland was seen as a team in somewhat of a tailspin, having lost four of its last six games. Maryland was able to defeat Nebraska on Friday, scoring 97 points against the Cornhuskers, a Big Ten Tournament record. It was one of the most productive games on offense for Maryland this season. It also meant the Terps would be facing Michigan State in the quarterfinals for the second consecutive year.
The Spartans are one of the nation's best teams, led by Big Ten player of the year Denzel Valentine, They're the No. 2 ranked team in the latest AP Poll and No. 3 in Ken Pomeroy's rankings. Entering Selection Sunday, Michigan State finds itself where many fans believed the Terps would be when the season began; a potential No. 1 seed, led by the Big Ten's best player.
While Maryland was unable to beat the Spartans, they certainly came closer than any team has since Michigan State lost to Purdue on February 9th. The Terps put together one of their best defensive efforts in the second half of the game and showed that they can compete with almost any team in the country on a neutral floor when they hunker down on defense. So what does that mean for Maryland's NCAA Tournament seeding?
Here is Maryland's NCAA Tournament resume:
Maryland Terrapins, 25-8, (12-6 B1G)
RPI ranking: No. 13
Ken Pomeroy ranking: No. 23
Top-50 wins (via KenPom):
No. 10 Purdue (home)
No. 20 Iowa (home)
No. 28 Connecticut (neutral)
No. 33 Wisconsin (road)
Losses outside top 50 (via KenPom):
No. 217 Minnesota (road)
Here are the latest projections from the major bracketology folks. According to Bracket Matrix, Maryland's average seed is 4.44. They could be as high as a No. 3 seed or as low as a No. 5.
ESPN Bracketology - Joe Lunardi
Maryland has moved up to a No. 4 seed in the East, where North Carolina is the No. 1 syeed.
CBS Sports Bracketology
Maryland is a No. 4 seed in the East, where Villanova is the No. 1 seed.
Bracket Brad's Big Board - Yahoo! Sports
Maryland remains a No. 5 seed this week.
SBNation's Chris Dobbertean's updated his bracket before Maryland lost to Michigan State, but in that updated Maryland was bumped to a No. 3 seed.
Bracket Watch: Fox Sports
Maryland is a No. 5 seed.
Bracketology: | The Big Lead
Maryland remains as a No. 4.
Based on RPI, Maryland would be a No. 4 seed.
What do you all think? What seed will Maryland end up with?