Eight days after falling to Ohio State in the Big Ten tournament championship, Maryland women’s basketball will find out its NCAA Tournament fate.
The Terps are safely in and have been for quite some time, but are on the top-16 seed bubble. Unlike the men’s tournament, the top 16 seeds in the women’s tournament host the first and second round, so the difference between a No. 4 seed and a No. 5 seed is crucial. Maryland was a No. 4 seed in the selection committee’s rankings on Feb. 1 and Feb. 19, but went just 3-2 after the final reveal.
That slide could be enough to mean no more games in Xfinity Center until November. Maryland’s seed was probably figured out either last weekend or early last week, as the power conference tournaments on the women’s side all finished up by Tuesday. ESPN’s Charlie Creme shut the door on Maryland’s chances of hosting after losing to the Buckeyes in the championship game, but I still think there’s a chance, albeit not a good one.
Creme currently projects Maryland taking on Ivy League tournament champion Princeton in Athens, Georgia, in the first round. The Terps beat the Tigers in the second round in 2015 to end their undefeated season.
The team is hosting a watch party for the show, and the doors open at 6:15 p.m. with the main event starting 45 minutes later. Where Maryland plays its first game will be announced during the show, with the date and time coming later that night.
How to watch the selection show
Time: 7 p.m. ET
In other news
Unlike the women’s team, Maryland men’s basketball’s season is over. The Terps were left out of the NIT.
The women’s lacrosse team put together another dominant win over No. 8 Syracuse, while the men fell to No. 1 Albany after blowing a four-goal lead.
Maryland baseball won the rubber match and the series against Bryant on Sunday thanks to some timely hitting in later innings and a complete game by Hunter Parsons.
The same could not be said of the softball team, who wasted multiple quality pitching efforts on its way to a 1-4 weekend.
Brenda Frese and her staff made good use of the week off, picking up a commit from 5-star guard Diamond Miller.
Finally, I took an in-depth look at how women’s basketball senior Kristen Confroy has made an impact on and off the court. It was the first time I wrote something that long, so thank you for all the kind words on the piece.