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For the second straight season, Maryland’s seeding and first-round location came early in the bracket reveal show that the Terrapins gathered to watch. This time, though, Maryland learned it would be heading much farther away.
After playing Columbus, Ohio in 2015, Maryland will open the 2016 NCAA tournament against South Dakota State in Spokane, Washington on Friday afternoon. But despite the difficulty of travel for Maryland fans, which works against the Terrapins, he sees a positive for his team as they prepare.
“It’s just getting everybody to settle down,” Turgeon told CSN’s Chick Hernandez. “I think being away from home is going to help us in that aspect so we can just lock in and do the best we can.”
Maryland is a more veteran team with more experience in the postseason than it had last season after key players like Melo Trimble and Jake Layman got their first NCAA tournament go-round. They also added Duke guard Rasheed Sulaimon as a graduate transfer.
He previously was on a Blue Devil team that reached the Elite 8 in 2013 and was upset by Mercer in the first round in 2014 when Duke was a No. 3 seed.
“At the end of the day, we would love to be on the East Coast. More fans who have an opportunity to come to the game, but at the same time we just have to take care of business,” Sulaimon told CSN.
“We can’t really control our location. We can’t really control the teams that we play. We just got to focus on what we can control and that’s going to be Friday whatever the time is in Spokane against South Dakota State and we just have to advance from there.”