It’s time to start an NCAA Tournament with a Maryland basketball team in it.
After 16 games on the men’s side yesterday, the women’s tournament opens play Friday afternoon, with the No. 5-seed Terps in the first wave. They’ll tip off against No. 12-seed Princeton at 12:30 p.m. in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Maryland hasn’t played its opening rounds away from College Park since 2007, but the Terps are still a somewhat popular pick to make it back to the Sweet 16. Per FiveThirtyEight, Maryland has a 46 percent chance of winning its first two games, including an 82 percent chance against the Tigers. A win would likely bring a road contest against No. 4-seed NC State, whose second-leading scorer is Maryland transfer Kiara Leslie. The Wolfpack will clash with No. 13-seed Elon 30 minutes after the first game wraps up.
The Terps last played Princeton in the 2015 NCAA Tournament in College Park, ending the Tigers’ previously undefeated season in the second round.
Maryland: 25-7, 12-4 Big Ten
Princeton: 24-5, 12-2 Ivy League
All-time series: Maryland leads, 2-0
How to watch and listen
Friday, March 16, 12:30 p.m. (ET), Reynolds Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina
TV: ESPN2* (John Brickley, Mike Thibault)
*In local markets, this game will be shown on ESPN2 in its entirety. For most of the country, though, it will be part of whiparound coverage, meaning the network will go back and forth with other games. For an uninterrupted experience, we have...
Radio: WMUC Sports (Connor Newcomb, Brendan Hartlove)
In other news
The first day of the men’s tournament was yesterday, and there were plenty of great games. We’re already out of perfect brackets in our bracket challenge, which is 130 members strong—in fact, nine of you are tied for first with 14 of 16 picks. (I’m dead. I picked Arizona. Don’t know why. I didn’t like it then. I hate it more now. So now I’m just rooting against your bracket. Sorry.)
If you’re not already into the madness, Lamar is here to help.
Maryland football opened practice to the media in Cole Field House yesterday. We’ll have more from that soon, but here’s what DJ Durkin had to say to assembled reporters.
Spring Ball is back and DJ Durkin is live from the all-new Cole Field House. https://t.co/9I3YLme7ib— Testudo Times (@testudotimes) March 15, 2018
From InsideMdSports, new Terps wideout Rayshad Lewis is ready to break out of father Ray’s shadow in his redshirt freshman season.
Three Maryland wrestlers are at the NCAA Championships in Cleveland, and all three won their first-round matches. While Alfred Bannister and Ryan Diehl dropped their second matches, heavyweight Youssif Hemida will wrestle in the second round tomorrow. You can find live updates from the team here.