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ESPN still projects Maryland basketball to land in the NCAA Tournament

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

NCAA Basketball: Nebraska at Maryland Rafael Suanes-USA TODAY Sports

The new year may have just started, but it’s never too early to start thinking about the NCAA Tournament.

ESPN’s Joe Lunardi tweeted out his seed list earlier this week, and he has Maryland (13-2, 1-1 Big Ten) in the dance.

That would put the Terps as a 10-seed. In Lunardi’s Bracketology from Dec. 29, Maryland was an 8-seed. Since then, the Terps lost in quasi-apocalyptic fashion to Nebraska on New Year’s Day.

There’s still a long, long way to go, of course, and Maryland will probably live on or near the bubble for much of conference play. But it’s reassuring that the Terps are in this position without any “signature” wins.

In other news

We’re recapping Maryland’s football season, position-by-position. The running backs were really good.

The women’s basketball team plays at Nebraska Wednesday.

Minnesota, which beat Maryland handily in College Park this season, fired head coach Tracy Claeys Tuesday.

Gary Williams is part of the ownership group that bought Chad’s in Friendship Heights. He’s joined by Tony Kornheiser, who announced the purchase on his podcast Tuesday, and Maury Povich. It sounds like the bar might enter a partnership with the school and become a hangout during games.