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College basketball bracketology: Maryland holds steady as a No. 3 seed despite loss to Purdue

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Maryland lost its only game last week on the road to Purdue, but its NCAA Tournament seed held steady in most projections.

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Indiana clinched the overall Big Ten title Tuesday evening, defeating a reeling Iowa team on the road. With Iowa's loss, Maryland can now clinch a double-bye with a win over Illinois or Indiana this week. In terms of NCAA seeding, despite the Terps' loss to Purdue last week, Maryland remained a No. 3 seed in most bracket projections. If Maryland can defeat Illinois, it'll probably be no worse than a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Maryland can still improve their seeding if they win out and win a few games in the B1G Tournament. But even if Maryland defeated Illinois, Indiana and then won the B1G tourney, the highest seed they could probably receive would be a No. 2 seed.

According to Bracket Matrix, Maryland's average seed is a 3.5. The highest any projection has Maryland is a No. 2 seed. The lowest is a No. 5 seed.

Here is Maryland's profile as of Tuesday evening:

Maryland Terrapins, 23-6, (11-5 B1G)

RPI ranking: No. 10

Ken Pomeroy ranking: No. 23

Coaches Poll: No. 12

AP Top 25:
No 14

Top-50 wins (via KenPom):
No. 14 Purdue (home)
No. 17 Iowa (home)
No. 27 Wisconsin (road)
No. 28 Connecticut (neutral)
No. 48 Michigan (home)

Loses outside top 50 (via KenPom):
No. 169 Minnesota (road)

Here are the latest projections from the major bracketology folks:

ESPN Bracketology - Joe Lunard
Maryland is a No. 3 seed in the East, where Villanova is the No. 1 seed. Indiana is currently the No. 5 seed in the region, but that was before its win over Iowa Tuesday evening, so they'll likely rise up and potentially out of Maryland's region.

CBS Sports Bracketology
Maryland remains a No. 3 seed in the South, where Oklahoma is the No. 1 seed.

Bracket Brad's Big Board - Yahoo! Sports
He has Maryland as a No. 4 seed.

Bracketology: This is March - SBNation.com
SBNation's Chris Dobbertean's projects Maryland as a No. 3 seed in his latest mock bracket.

Bracket Watch: Which teams will wind up with No. 1 seeds? | SI.com
Maryland is a No. 4 seed in the Midwest, where Kansas is the No. 1 seed, North Carolina is the No. 2 seed and Oregon is the No. 3 seed. Maryland would face Hawaii in its 1st round game (but sadly not in Hawaii).

Bracketology: Michigan State Back on Track for a #1 Seed, and Should North Carolina Even Be in that Discussion? | The Big Lead
Maryland is a No. 4 seed in the East. Their East bracket includes Villanova at No. 1, North Carolina at No. 2, and West Virginia at No. 3. Talk about a bracket of death.

RealTimeRPI.com
Based on RPI, Maryland would be a No. 3 seed.

RSN Bracketology
They have Maryland as a No. 3 seed.