March Madness is upon us, and Maryland men’s basketball tips off against Xavier on Thursday. A stat to ponder until then: The Terps went 7-4 this season against teams in the NCAA Tournament.
Maryland was perfect against the field in the out-of-conference portion of their season, picking up early wins over Kansas State, Oklahoma State, and Jacksonville State. The Terps went 4-4 against Big Ten foes in the field.
Maryland went 7-4 against other tournament teams this year pic.twitter.com/e3brwe78kG— Terps Watch (@TerpsWatch) March 12, 2017
However, Northwestern is the only team in the West region that Maryland has played this season. They split their matchups this season; the Terps won 74-64 on Feb. 15, but the Wildcats returned the favor and bounced them from the Big Ten tourney.
Both teams would have to reach the Elite Eight for fans to get a third matchup, so it’s more likely that Maryland will be playing its tournament opponents for the first time this season.
In other news
Terps women’s basketball drew a No. 3 seed during Monday’s selection show. If you think that seems low for a team that went 30-2 and won both the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles, our own Thomas Kendziora and Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch are right with you.
The @umdwbb is a Top 6 team (IMO) based on the eye test. Played UConn v. tough too. They got rooked tonight with a No. 3 seed.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) March 14, 2017
Maryland’s 2018 recruiting class got started with defensive end Durrell Nchami.
The Terps also made the top 12 for Philadelphia prospect Isheem Young.
DJ Durkin added Justin Winters to the Maryland football staff as a recruiting analyst. Winters was previously the head coach at St. Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel, Md.
Maryland men’s basketball fell out of the final AP Top 25 poll.
Meet the Xavier Musketeers, the Terps’ first tournament test.
Join our bracket challenge by Thursday and see how you fare against our staff.