Maryland came into Sunday knowing that it had clinched a double bye in the Big Ten tournament and that the outcome of its game against Indiana would have no effect on its seeding. It would, instead, come down to the outcome of Purdue and Wisconsin.
So with the Boilermakers’ 91-80 victory over the Badgers Sunday night, Maryland will officially be the No. 3 seed at the Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis this coming week.
They will begin play on Friday against the winner of Thursday’s game between Wisconsin and either Rutgers or Nebraska. Three victories stand between the Terrapins and a Big Ten tournament title.
“It would have been hard to win four games in four days,” head coach Mark Turgeon said on Thursday of the importance of clinching a double bye. He made the comments before the team’s seeding had been finalized. “It’s two years in a row, double bye. It’s hard to do. Really proud of the guys.”
Maryland enters the postseason having lost four of six games, but with two of those losses coming against ranked teams on the road. They finished the regular season 24-7 and 12-6 in the Big Ten.
The Big Ten tournament begins in Indianapolis on Wednesday with two games -- one between the No. 11 seed and No. 14 seed and another between the No. 12 seed and No. 13 seed.