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.
#ncaaW Top 16 Seeds!— NCAA WBB (@ncaawbb) February 12, 2019
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