There was a time when Maryland's overall tournament resume wasn't as strong as other top-tier teams. As they piled up wins and climbed in the polls, the quality of those wins did not always match. For that reason, Maryland's bracket projection did not always seem to line up with its Top 25 ranking.
Now, the tide is beginning to turn in Maryland's favor. Despite the Terrapins taking a loss to Wisconsin on Saturday, ESPN bracketology still has the Terrapins as a No. 2 seed and an improvement in their RPI outlook is probably to thank.
Not long ago, Maryland's win over Iowa was the team's first RPI Top 50 victory. But as other teams they have beaten in the past play well down the stretch (plus adding a win over Purdue), Maryland suddenly has five -- Iowa, Purdue, Wisconsin, Connecticut, and Princeton.
Maryland losing to Wisconsin actually helped the Badgers extend their winning streak to seven games and solidify themselves in the RPI Top 50. Princeton has won nine of its last 10 games. Connecticut has flirted on and off with the Top 50 and won seven of its last nine games.
All of that comes together to put Maryland at 5-3 against RPI Top 50 teams, with two of those losses (Michigan State and North Carolina) coming on the road. Michigan sits just outside the Top 50 at No. 52. The Wolverines beat Maryland in Ann Arbor earlier this Big Ten season.
The conclusion? No bad losses for the Terrapins and wins that are increasing in quality without Maryland itself having to do much. That bodes well for a team trying to get back into the No. 1 seed conversation or cement themselves as a No. 2 seed.
Of course, notching wins of their own help too.