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MM 2.23: Maryland men’s basketball moves off NCAA Tournament bubble

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

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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.

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.

In Other News

Henry gave his three takeaways from the victory at Rutgers.

After decommitting from Michigan State, five-star center Enoch Boakye is drawing some interest from the Terps.

Dylan previewed Maryland women’s basketball’s matinee game against Iowa today.

Have questions regarding any Maryland teams, or anything else you want Lila to answer? She’ll be doing a mailbag this week. Send your questions to lilabbromberg@gmail.com or message her on Twitter.

Angel Reese has returned to practice and could likely return during the postseason.

Maryland women’s basketball moved up one spot in Monday’s AP Top 25 poll.

Maryland women’s basketball has had an incredible stat line from their last five wins.

The Big Ten conference continues to dominate the top of the AP Top 25.

Maryland football was pumping the iron on Monday.

Maryland baseball has started its countdown towards opening day.

Maryland men’s lacrosse was pumped to be back playing at Capital One Field.

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.