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For Terps, What Seed, What Site?

This entry is specifically meant for Barno, a loyal reader and fan of ours. I posted this last night on Press Break but wanted to post it here, as we try to figure out where Maryland is likely headed:

Maryland failed to recapture the magic of its run in the 2004 ACC tournament, losing to Duke in the ACC tournament semifinals on Saturday, but the Terrapins are expected to receive an at-large invitation when the NCAA tournament bracket is unveiled Sunday.

The best news for Maryland on Saturday did not come from Atlanta but rather Oklahoma City, where Missouri beat Baylor in the Big 12 tournament final. Had Baylor – a team with little chance at an at-large bid – claimed the conference’s automatic berth, it would have taken a slot away from a bubble team.

When the selection committee assesses Maryland’s resume, it will see credentials that separate the Terrapins from other teams in contention for the last few at-large berths. Maryland has more wins against top 25 teams than all the top 25 victories South Carolina, Florida, Creighton and Saint Mary’s have combined.

Why will Maryland get in? Because of wins over Wake Forest, Michigan State and North Carolina. Those victories overshadow the poor road record or 7-9 regular season ACC mark. Those victories showed that Maryland is capable of playing against anyone in the country.

What type of seed can you expect? Maryland most likely will receive a 10, 11 or 12 seed. The Terrapins will most likely be among the last four team to receive an at-large berth. There are several interesting potential matchups, perhaps a game against a seventh-seeded Texas team, a fifth-seeded UCLA team or a sixth-seeded West Virginia. All would be fascinating.

Where could the Terrapins go? They will not go to Greensboro, N.C., for the first round because two ACC teams are expected to be placed there and Maryland cannot face an ACC team until a regional final. You can also most likely scratch out Dayton because the Terrapins – not for certain – but probably won’t rise to an eight or nine seed.

Philadelphia is a possibility, and a second-round matchup with third-seeded Villanova. So is Boise, where the Maryland football team found success a few months back.

In any event, because of the Wake Forest victory on Friday, the question now becomes where the Terrapins will go and not if they will go.

By Eric Prisbell  |  March 15, 2009; 12:36 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

I'm not suggesting that GW be fired or bought out.

Posted by: petecard | March 15, 2009 11:22 AM

No break for Gary. Why don't you take him with you to another place. How about Virginia or UMBC?

It is "fans" like you who drink the Koolaid and settle for what is at best mediocrity.

But we have a great field hockey team!

Posted by: petecard | March 8, 2009 3:09 PM

I'm not suggesting that GW be fired or bought out.

Posted by: petecard | March 15, 2009 11:22 AM

Why don't we start a movement to get GW and Brenda Frese to switch jobs.

The men's program would take off and it would mean huge national PR.

The problem: The women's program would tank. Guess that is just not fair....

I'll bet Debbie Yow had thought about it!

Posted by: petecard | March 9, 2009 6:36 PM

Cheering for Gary when he walks out is great.

Posted by: petecard | March 3, 2009 3:35 PM

Right now we have a mediocre program.

The FOG's think Gary should be able to write his own ticket.

Posted by: petecard | March 1, 2009 10:22 AM

I'm not suggesting that GW be fired or bought out.

Posted by: petecard | March 15, 2009 11:22 AM

Gary should use the game against NC State to get ready for the NIT.

Maryland plays in the NIT so often it should consider becoming the title sponsor.

Turtle Soup, brought to you by Gary Williams. Simply warm and serve.

Posted by: petecard | March 9, 2009 8:56 AM

Cheering for Gary when he walks out is great.

Your idea of a "real fan" is my idea of a member of the Koolaid Drinkers Hall of Mediocrity Bliss.

Posted by: petecard | March 3, 2009 3:35 PM

Why not just deal with the bottom line: We are going to miss the tournament this year for the 4th time in 5 years.

Unacceptable.

Gary's responsibility.

Posted by: petecard | February 19, 2009 10:32 AM

Cheering for Gary when he walks out is great.

Posted by: petecard | March 3, 2009 3:35 PM

Turtle Soup, brought to you by Gary Williams. Simply warm and serve.

Posted by: petecard | March 9, 2009 8:56 AM

Posted by: Barno1 | March 15, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Well, Eric, you choose your friends in a very odd way.

It's great that we may survive the bubble and get a spot.

It's sooo much fun every year to wonder about just getting in and sometimes making it!

It's a Koolaid drinkers St. Patties bash!

Green Koolaid.

Posted by: petecard | March 15, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Somebody mentioned that Petecard might be a schizophrenic. Just by looking at his comments, it's pretty obvious to me that he does have some mental issues. It's one thing to have strange opinions, but Petecard's comments are just so off the wall. Didn't he call barno a fascist at one point, because Barno had quoted Petecard's crazy comments?

In all seriousness, if anyone knows who Petecard really is, I would ask that you do the guy a favor and try to get him some professional help. The guy is not right in the head.

Posted by: mike761 | March 15, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Pete, thanks for the note. Not sure I understand what you mean by choosing my friends. You mean Barno, Saint Mary's, San Diego State, Gary, Curtis Malone??? Sorry, lots of different things on my mind. I feel confident about 63 of the 65 slots, the last two: Saint Mary's and Penn State (my picks) are a tough call.

Posted by: Eric Prisbell | March 15, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm guilty of going straight to the comments section before reading the blog entry. Thanks for the shout out. Keep up the good work EP.

I am really hoping for a 12 seed against West Virginia in Philly. Our football programs have decided to end our border war streak of early season matchups against each other for the next several years, so it would be nice to play them on the hardwood. And if I were West Va, I would not want any part of these Terps in Philly.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 15, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Bring on the Kool Aid! 10th seed Kansas City against California! How do you critics like your crow - cold or warm? Go Terps! Go Gary! A future Hall of Fame NCAA coach!

Posted by: bfjam | March 15, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

So sad that now what gets fans excited is the Terps being on the bubble and sneaking in as one of the last teams in as a 10th seed.

Oh how the mighty have fallen.


Also I think petecard's comments are hilarious. Keep the laughts coming guy.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 15, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

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