Maryland is traveling all the way to the West Coast for its first-round game against South Dakota State on Friday afternoon. Sure, it’s far. But just how far, compared to other teams getting ready for their first-round games?
By going to Spokane, Washington, Maryland is traveling farther than any of the No. 1 to No. 5 seeds in the first round and the fourth-farthest of teams seeded No. 1 through No. 8.
Calculated in mileage by car from the school’s home city to the game’s arena, here are the five farthest distances to be traveled by teams seeded No. 1 through No. 8 this year, courtesy of CSN stats maven Rich Goldberg.
No. 6 Arizona Providence 2,597
No. 8 USC Raleigh 2,546
No. 8 St. Joe's Spokane 2,539
No. 5 Maryland Spokane 2,480
No. 7 Oregon St Oklahoma City 1,924
Of teams seeded No. 1 through No. 5, Baylor will rank second in distance traveled after it makes the trip from Waco, Texas to Providence, Rhode Island -- 1,830 miles. That is more than 600 miles less than the Terrapins within that segment of the seeding.
Excluding teams in the First Four games in Dayton and the University of Hawaii, which will travel to Spokane to face California, Arizona is traveling the farthest of any 2016 NCAA Tournament team for its first-round game.
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