Over the past week, No. 9 Maryland men’s basketball has come up numerous times in talks of potential Final Four teams, even coming up in many discussions as a team that could win it all in March Madness.
On College GameDay before the Terps’ game against Michigan State in East Lansing, Jay Bilas remarked, “I think they’re fully capable of Final Four, national championship. Fully capable.”
And following Maryland’s 67-60 win over the Spartans, despite trailing by seven in the final minutes, the hype is just continuing to build.
Before the season, head coach Mark Turgeon’s squad was given 40:1 odds to win the 2020 National Championship. As of Sunday, those odds have jumped to 20:1.
Here is what some college basketball analysts are currently saying about the team from College Park:
Seth Davis, who was highly critical of Maryland for many portions of this season, excluding the team from his top-25 for several weeks, is now fully on board the Terp train.
Your 2020 Final Four will be:— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) February 13, 2020
Maryland was down 7 at Michigan State with 3:25 to play. Ended game with a 14-0 run. Terps are Final Four good. This Turgeon kid can coach a little.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) February 16, 2020
CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander says the win in East Lansing shows the Terps’ championship potential.
A win like this—how Maryland got it—has to convince even the most cynical Terps fans that their team can win the national title. Anthony Cowan was brass when his team needed it. Terps are 21-4 with all losses on the road against top-26 KenPom/Q1 teams. A 1 seed is still possible.— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) February 16, 2020
Jon Rothstein thinks Maryland has the best shot to make the Final Four out of any Big Ten team.
"Out of all of the teams in the @bigten, Maryland has the best chance to go to the Final Four." @JonRothstein joins @clubtrillion & @tatefrazier to elaborate on just how dangerous @TerrapinHoops can be ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/QTXFnQl3Yu— FOX College Hoops (@CBBonFOX) February 16, 2020
And he compared Anthony Cowan Jr.’s late game heroics Saturday night to the one and only Juan Dixon.
Anthony Cowan just went Juan Dixon on Michigan State in East Lansing.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) February 16, 2020
Maryland closes on 14-0 run to shock the Spartans.
Terps are a two seed right now in my bracket.
Fox Sports’ Aaron Torres is convinced Maryland is good enough to win it all.
I'll say this for Maryland: They are one, TOUGH team. Terps were up early, couldn't hold on, and then made and took a TON of big shots down the stretch. Terps are the best team in the Big Ten. And good enough to win the national title— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) February 16, 2020
How far will the Terps go?
This poll is closed
First or second round
In other news
No. 9 Maryland men’s basketball extended its win streak to eight after beating Michigan State 67-60 in East Lansing.
Here are three takeaways from the Terps’ victory over the Spartans.
Check out Morgan’s recap of the game.
She also captured College GameDay earlier on Saturday in East Lansing.
It may not have been College Park, but College GameDay was still quite the scene in East Lansing.— Testudo Times (@testudotimes) February 15, 2020
We had @morganweaver_ there to capture all the action ahead of the No. 9 Terps' matchup against Michigan State. pic.twitter.com/WC6z7dTI7A
Matt and Lila had the one and only Scott Van Pelt on the ouTTakes podcast this week. Check out this can’t miss episode.
The Testudo Times Podcast returned last week with Lila and Matt discussing No. 9 Maryland men’s basketball’s win streak and whether or not the Terps deserve a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
No. 10 Maryland women’s basketball rallied behind its strong second half Sunday, beating Penn State 106-69.
Wes looked at how Shakira Austin played a crucial role in the Terps’ prior win over Iowa.
No. 4 Maryland men’s lacrosse scored eight unanswered goals to come-from-behind and beat No. 6 Penn, 17-15.
Brandon examined how the Terps’ offensive is so explosive and how that is due to their unselfishness.
No. 1 Maryland women’s lacrosse’s 86-game home win streak came to an end Saturday with the team losing to No. 14 Florida, 15-14.
Maryland wrestling completed its fourth consecutive season without a conference win after losing to No. 24 Northwestern, 37-9, Sunday.
Dylan previewed the 2020 Maryland baseball season. (The Terps went 3-0 over the weekend, so stay tuned for our coverage on that later today.)
Maryland baseball’s Randy Bednar is looking to build on a career sophomore year.
Anthony Cowan Jr. is having a career season, to say the least.
Anthony Cowan Jr. continued to cement his name in Maryland basketball history last night. He’s now:— Testudo Times (@testudotimes) February 16, 2020
-4th in career 3-pointers made (201)
-9th in career points (1,790)
-Tied for 6th in career double-figure games (101)
-Tied for 3rd in career starts (124)
( : @ssopher528) pic.twitter.com/1pa6Tb4q5q
And Maryland has its longest streak in the Big Ten, now with eight consecutive wins.
Check out some more highlights from the game.
Wanna see something epic?— Maryland Basketball (@TerrapinHoops) February 16, 2020
Watch this ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/EZC7pkAwqA
The Terps should be in position to jump a few spots in this week’s AP Poll.
Over half of the Top-25 lost this week. No. 9 Maryland didn’t and is primed to move up in Monday’s poll.— Lila Bromberg (@lilabbromberg) February 17, 2020
Here’s who lost: pic.twitter.com/SPwbJcw7eN
Maryland men’s basketball has sold out its second game this season.
Maryland men’s basketball’s matchup vs Michigan on March 8 in College Park has been announced as a sellout.— Testudo Times (@testudotimes) February 14, 2020
Check out some highlights from No. 10 Maryland women’s basketball’s win over Penn State.
Kaila Charles grabbed board No. 900 Sunday against Penn State.
Jared Bernhardt continues to climb the Maryland all-time goals leaderboard.
Jaron Smith had a big win for Maryland wrestling Sunday.
Former Terp Melo Trimble continues to dominate the NBL.