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Maryland basketball is still in a good place after losing to Wisconsin

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

NCAA Basketball: Maryland at Wisconsin Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland basketball’s loss to Wisconsin, while disheartening for a team that could have jumped into a tie for first place, still puts the Terps in a good place heading into the Big Ten Tournament.

The Terps are 10-4 in conference play, putting them only behind Purdue and Wisconsin, which are tied for the top spot with 11-3 records.

Big Ten Standings (Via KenPom)

Team Overall Conf Proj AdjO AdjD AdjT Conf SOS Next Game
Team Overall Conf Proj AdjO AdjD AdjT Conf SOS Next Game
Purdue 22-5 11-3 14-4 118.5 93.1 70.1 11.36 Tue, at Penn St. 6:00 PM
Wisconsin 22-5 11-3 14-4 114.5 90.8 64 12.68 Thu, at Ohio St. 9:00 PM
Maryland 22-5 10-4 13-5 113.7 96.8 68.5 13.82 Wed, vs Minnesota 8:30 PM
Northwestern 20-7 9-5 11-7 112.8 96.2 66.2 11.76 Tue, at Illinois 8:00 PM
Michigan St. 16-11 8-6 10-8 109.5 96.5 67.7 13.99 Thu, vs Nebraska 7:00 PM
Michigan 17-9 7-6 10-8 120.1 101.5 63 11.73 Sun, at Minnesota 7:00 PM
Minnesota 19-7 7-6 10-8 108.7 93.1 69.6 13.5 Sun, vs Michigan 7:00 PM
Iowa 14-13 6-8 7-11 112 103 72.2 13.04 Tue, vs Indiana 9:00 PM
Nebraska 12-14 6-8 8-10 107 98.2 68.4 13.83 Thu, at Michigan St. 7:00 PM
Penn St. 14-13 6-8 7-11 105.5 97 71.9 13.63 Tue, vs Purdue 6:00 PM
Indiana 15-12 5-9 7-11 116.3 101.6 68.8 14.08 Tue, at Iowa 9:00 PM
Illinois 15-12 5-9 7-11 108.3 98.9 66.9 14.85 Tue, vs Northwestern 8:00 PM
Ohio St. 15-13 5-10 6-12 110.8 100.1 68.6 14.57 Thu, vs Wisconsin 9:00 PM
Rutgers 13-15 2-13 3-15 101.4 98.4 67.5 15.75 Wed, vs Michigan 6:30 PM
Projected conference records may not sum to .500 due to rounding. KenPom

KenPom’s projections paint a very positive picture for Maryland, even after that loss. It projects the Terps to finish 13-5, meaning they’d go 3-1 in their last four games. That’s a record most fans should be happy with, all things considered.

It’d give Maryland a 3-seed in the Big Ten Tournament, which would slot the Terps for a first-round bye. It also gives the team a chance to grab a top-two seed if Wisconsin or Purdue, which are projected to finish 14-4, slip up.

Maryland has a rather easy final four games, starting at home against Minnesota on Wednesday. Rutgers, which is ranked last in the Big Ten on KenPom and Sagarin, is the only team the Terps play on the road.

In other news

Maryland softball got probably its biggest win in program history, beating No. 1 Florida on Saturday. The Terps didn’t get any other wins this weekend, but that’s still a huge one.

Maryland baseball lost to Ball State and Louisville to begin the season at the Clearwater Tournament, then beat Alabama State on Sunday.

Maryland women’s basketball plays Ohio State today. The Buckeyes are finally a team worthy of our attention.

Melo Trimble didn’t play during the last four minutes of Maryland’s game against Wisconsin, but Mark Turgeon said he didn’t do this to send a message.

Maryland wrestling ended its season with two close losses.

A couple of preferred walk-ons announced their commitments over the weekend (H/T PeachesTerp in the comments section):