Maryland enters the 2016 NCAA tournament as No. 5 seed, the fourth time in history that the Terrapins have been slotted in at that seed. But the tournament, by and large, has not been kind to Maryland when it enters as a five.
They were previously a five-seed in 1985, 1986, and 1997. The farthest the team has advanced as that seed is the Sweet 16. Two out of three times, the Terrapins have failed to make it out of the first weekend. Take a look, as compiled by CSN statistician Rich Goldberg:
Result Beaten by
1985 L, Regional Semifinals Villanova
1986 L, 2nd Round UNLV
1997 L, 1st Round Charleston
Maryland faces South Dakota State on Friday in the first round of the tournament and will face either California or Hawaii if they advance. No. 1 overall seed Kansas could await them in the Sweet 16 if they get that far.
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Maryland is 11-0 in opening round games since 1998. Their last loss? To Charleston as a No. 5 seed in 1997. That gives them the nation’s second-longest active winning streak in opening-round games, trailing only North Carolina.
Longest winning streaks in opening-round games
North Carolina 13
Maryland tips off against South Dakota State at 4:30 p.m. Eastern on Friday.