One week ago, ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi had Maryland men’s basketball on the outside of the NCAA Tournament bubble looking in. The team had been for most of the season, with its chances of dancing looking very slim.
Now, the Terps are predicted to make the tournament outright, avoiding the bubble conversation altogether.
Maryland men's basketball is no longer on bubble watch, folks. Not last four in, not a last four bye, just projected to be in the tournament.@ESPNLunardi has them as one of his team's on the rise as well. We'll have to wait for his next full bracket to see how Terps are seeded. https://t.co/2k6HJdxIYO— Lila Bromberg (@lilabbromberg) February 22, 2021
Picking up four wins in the span of one week definitely helped the Terps build upon their foundation, but Sunday’s win against Rutgers is what pushed them past the bubble.
Sunday’s victory was Maryland’s fifth quad one win of the season, with four of those wins coming on the road. Sitting at 14-10 overall and 8-9 in Big Ten play, the Terps also have just one loss that doesn’t fall into that top tier. But that was against Rutgers and counted as a quad one victory up until Monday morning; it now counts as quad two.
The Terps have three games left against teams that are near the bottom of the Big Ten standings. Barring any kind of blunder, it might be safe to say Maryland will be dancing in March.
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Maryland men’s basketball doesn’t play again until Sunday, so I think it’s time for a mailbag.— Lila Bromberg (@lilabbromberg) February 22, 2021
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Angel Reese has returned to practice and could likely return during the postseason.
5-star freshman Angel Reese, who's been out w/ a foot fracture, practiced with Maryland women's basketball today. HC Brenda Frese is "cautiously optimistic" she will be able to play in the postseason.— Lila Bromberg (@lilabbromberg) February 22, 2021
Reese averaged 17 ppg, 8.7 rpg & 2 bpg in 3 appearances earlier this season.
Maryland women’s basketball moved up one spot in Monday’s AP Top 25 poll.
Maryland women's basketball jumps 1 spot to No. 8 in the latest AP Top 25 Poll.— Lauren Rosh (@lauren_rosh) February 22, 2021
Big Ten teams in the top 25:
No. 8: Maryland (16-2)
No 11: Indiana (14-4)
No. 12: Michigan (13-2)
No. 15: Ohio State (13-4)
No. 25: Rutgers (10-3)
Received Votes: Northwestern (12-5)
Now, let's take a look at the defense over the last 5 games:— Lila Bromberg (@lilabbromberg) February 22, 2021
- 58.6 ppg allowed
- 19.6 TOs forced per game
- 4.8 made threes per game for opponents https://t.co/Smr7cB8ROz
Maryland women’s basketball has had an incredible stat line from their last five wins.
Video game numbers for @TerpsWBB in their five game winning streak:— Maryland Terrapins (@umterps) February 22, 2021
Average Margin of Victory: 34.6 pic.twitter.com/1fBmFKEAHg
The Big Ten conference continues to dominate the top of the AP Top 25.
There are five Big Ten teams ranked in this week's AP Top 25, including four in the top 10:— Lila Bromberg (@lilabbromberg) February 22, 2021
No. 3 Michigan
No. 4 Ohio State
No. 5 Illinois
No. 9 Iowa
No. 23 Wisconsin
Receiving votes: Purdue
Maryland football was pumping the iron on Monday.
TERPS AT WORK— Iron Terps (@IronTerps) February 23, 2021
Training highlights 2/22/21 pic.twitter.com/mbL8uKougY
Maryland baseball has started its countdown towards opening day.
Playin' ball in 11 days.— Maryland Baseball (@TerpsBaseball) February 23, 2021
Right @chris_alleyne2?#DirtyTerps pic.twitter.com/Y0KB8vtHwv
Maryland men’s lacrosse was pumped to be back playing at Capital One Field.
We waited 350 days to celebrate on this field again.— Maryland Lacrosse (@TerpsMLax) February 22, 2021
Worth every second #MondayMotivation x #BeTheBest pic.twitter.com/2ULTZIay2A
Maryland women’s golf team is currently tied for second-in team play, while senior Virunpat Olankitkunchai is tied for first-in individual play at the Gator invite.
What a Round 2 for the #GolfTerps!!— Maryland Women's Golf (@TerpsWGolf) February 22, 2021
We’re tied for second, with Ou tied for first in individuals.
Round 3 starts bright and early at 8:30 tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/XkCAWusECN