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Maryland basketball given 100-1 odds to win 2018 title

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

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Maryland is a 100-1 bet to win the 2017-18 NCAA Tournament, according to the opening line released by the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook Monday.

The Terps were given a 40-1 shot to win the NCAA Tournament at this time last year, but that was before both Diamond Stone and Robert Carter left for the NBA Draft. Maryland has already lost Melo Trimble to the pros, as he declared for the draft and hired an agent last week.

Five Big Ten teams have better odds. Indiana, Michigan and Michigan State are at 20-1, while Purdue and Wisconsin sit at 60-1. Illinois, Minnesota and Northwestern join the Terps at 100-1.

Kentucky is the early early favorite at 10-1, with six teams—including 2017 champ North Carolina and runner-up Gonzaga—just behind at 12-1.

Here’s the full list, which includes every Big Ten team except Rutgers.

In other news

UNC won the championship.

Georgetown hired Patrick Ewing as its new head basketball coach.

Maryland signee Darryl Morsell will participate in the Jordan Brand Classic on April 14.

Terps baseball is back in the top 25.

Maryland women’s soccer had a rough 2016, but Ray Leone’s first full recruiting class was a good one.

The men’s lacrosse team has rediscovered its chemistry on offense.

And finally.....

Congrats to Conor on winning our 360-person bracket challenge. He finished with 140 of a possible 192 points from this bracket. Thanks to everyone who joined and made this fun.