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ESPN's Joe Lunardi projects Maryland basketball as No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament

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As the calendar flips, the sport's premier bracketologist has the Terps tracking for a No. 1 seed.

Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

The Maryland men's basketball team is projected as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament in ESPN analyst Joe Lunardi's final projection of the 2015 calendar year, out on Thursday.

Lunardi has Maryland as the No. 4 overall seed in the tournament. That's ostensibly a good spot, although it might not work out well geographically. Oklahoma, Michigan State and Kansas are the three teams ahead of Maryland, and even though none of them is "eastern," they're cluttered enough in the Midwest that one of them might get pushed to be the top seed in the East regional, and Maryland might – in this hypothetical – be shipped westward despite its high seed.

Here's the rest of Lunardi's seeding:

This is nothing but a fun exercise at this point in the year, of course. But as 2015 ends and 2016 starts, Maryland is 12-1 and tracking for a No. 1 seed in the biggest tournament of them all. That's not a bad place to be.