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Maryland women’s basketball is a No. 3 seed in 1st NCAA selection committee reveal

The Terps were placed in the Greensboro region.

NCAA Womens Basketball: Maryland at Connecticut
Nov 19, 2017; Hartford, CT, USA; Maryland Terrapins head coach Brenda Frese watches from the sideline as they take on the Connecticut Huskies in the first half at XL Center. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
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In the first official rankings put out by the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Committee, Maryland women’s basketball was given the No. 11 overall seed, which would be a No. 3 seed in the big dance.

The Terrapins currently have a 22-2 record, including an 11-2 mark in the Big Ten. They lead the conference by 1.5 games over Rutgers thanks to their dominating win over Rutgers on Sunday afternoon. The Associated Press ranked the Terps as the No. 7 team in the country in its Feb. 11 rankings, a bump from No. 10 after their seventh straight victory. The NCAA’s RPI, however, isn’t so kind. The association’s metrics have placed Maryland as the 17th-best team in the nation, and that figure falls more in line with the committee’s rankings.

Maryland is in the Greensboro region, which is led by No. 1 overall seed Baylor. Joining the Bears and Terps are Notre Dame as the No. 6 overall seed and South Carolina at No. 13 overall. Baylor, Louisville, Oregon and Mississippi State are listed as the four top seeds.

In last year’s initial rankings, the Terrapins weren’t seeded despite a 16-3 record and a No. 14 rank in the AP Poll. The Terps crept into the picture in the subsequent rankings, but when it was time for the actual NCAA Tournament, they were a No. 5 seed and lost in the second round to NC State, which got to host the game after receiving a No. 4 seed.

Here’s the full top 16.