Maryland given No. 11 seed in CBS Sports’ latest bracketology update
Maryland was ousted from the Big Ten Conference Tournament Friday afternoon when it fell to top-seeded Michigan by a score of 79-66. The fiasco between Juwan Howard and Mark Turgeon may have overshadowed the game itself, but nonetheless, the Wolverines moved onto the conference tournament semifinals while the Terrapins await selection Sunday.
Following an overall strong month to close the regular season and an impressive win over Michigan State in its opening game of the conference tournament, Maryland is thought to be in good position for an at-large bid to the dance. The only question is where the Terrapins will be seeded.
In Jerry Palm of CBS Sports’ latest bracketology update released Saturday morning, the Terps are an 11-seed and would face sixth-seeded Connecticut. Should Maryland win that one, it would face the winner of third-seeded Houston and 14th-seeded Moorhead State.
“Yeah, I mean, I don’t watch a lot of college basketball — which is crazy, because I study our team and study (opponents),” Turgeon said in his postgame press conference about Maryland’s mentality going forward. “But to me Michigan, Baylor and Gonzaga, offensively, are elite — elite level. And unless we play one of those three teams in the NCAA tournament — I mean, you’re going to run into good offensive teams. But those three teams are elite. So, yeah, we will gain confidence from this. I told the team that. I said, ‘They’re terrific.’ But we have to be more together, offensively. We have to share the ball more. Every possession matters. We’ve got to stick together when things aren’t going well and be better in that aspect. We’ve got a long ways. No one can deny that.
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“I mean, to have Selection Sunday and our team’s going to be called? I think, six weeks ago, no one would’ve believed that — except us coaches and us players. So we’ve come a long ways. I’m proud of this group. Our name’s going to pop up. We’ve got a week, maybe eight days to get ready for our next game. I’m more worried about staying COVID-free, just staying in our bubble. But we’ll get better. We’ll get our guys rested. We’ll get better. And in the NCAA (tournament), we won’t have back-to-back games — which helps this team, our team, if we’re lucky enough to win one. But we’ll be ready. Our guys are more confident. We’re playing at a much-higher level and we’ve been a really great defensive team. That’s why we’re in the NCAA tournament. Hopefully, between now and our next game, we can continue to get better offensively.”
247Sports’ Garrett Stepien contributed to this story.