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Why we don't see Maryland in the No. 1 seed conversation right now


Why we don't see Maryland in the No. 1 seed conversation right now

Maryland is the nation’s No. 2 team. But when looking at various bracket projections, the Terrapins sit somewhere on the No. 2 or No. 3-seed lines. Why?

As part of a larger interview on CSN Wednesday night, Rob Dauster of explained, including where he ultimately thinks they will be on Selection Sunday.

“I think they’re going to end up probably being on the two-seed line,” Dauster said. “It’s going to depend on how their season ends, what they do in the Big Ten tournament, and what happens with the rest of the teams in the country.

“But they just don’t have that mass of quality wins at the top of their profile. They have two Top 50 wins at this point. They don’t really have any terrible losses on their resume, but they don’t have any of those great wins and when you look at teams like Oregon has [nine] Top 50 wins at this point, Iowa has six Top 50 wins and they just don’t have those great wins and those great wins are what makes the difference between a No. 1 seed and a No. 2 seed.”

He’s right.


Sure, you can only beat the teams on your schedule, but Maryland is working from behind in terms of high-quality wins in the No. 1-seed conversation. Oregon is a good example with their nine Top 50 wins. Kansas, which has one more loss on the year than Maryland, has four times the number of Top 50 victories. Miami, which probably projects as a No. 3 seed, is 7-1 against Top 50 teams.

Even if Maryland had beaten two of the three teams they had lost to (say, Michigan and Michigan State), they would still only have four Top 50 victories. It is just a matter of scheduling.

But this isn’t the end of the road -- as if the regular season this year matters all too much anyway. Here’s what I mean:

First, they have a chance to solidify their profile down the stretch. Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana would be borderline Top 50 wins. Purdue would be a strong Top 25 victory -- though winning on the road in this conference is tough.

Then, you would need to see what happens in the Big Ten tournament. A 5-1 or 6-0 record down the stretch and perhaps a Big Ten tournament final appearance (or certainly a tournament title) could get the Terrapins in the No. 1 conversation.

But the other side of the coin is this -- all you need to do this year is get into the tournament.

There are legitimately 15 teams that could win a national title. Seeding won’t matter as much as who is within your region. Maryland will have a better chance to reach a Final Four as a No. 2 seed in a region that features a No. 1 they match up well against, as opposed to being a No. 1 seed in a less favorable region.

That will be the story of March.

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

LINCOLN, Neb. -- James Palmer Jr. scored 24 of his 26 points in the second half, Isaiah Roby had all 11 of his after half, and Nebraska held off Maryland 70-66 on Tuesday night.

Palmer and Roby combined for 35 of the Cornhuskers' 40 second-half points, and they secured their first 20-win season since 2008. They won a sixth straight conference game for the first time in 20 years.

Palmer scored 15 straight points for the Huskers (20-8, 11-4 Big Ten) over a 10-minute span that ended when Roby hit one of two free throws with 2:57 left for a 64-59 lead. Roby had a double-double, with 10 rebounds, and he also blocked three shots.

The Terps (17-11, 6-9) had a chance to take the lead with a minute to play, but Glynn Watson Jr. blocked Anthony Cowan Jr.'s 3-point try, Evan Taylor came up with the loose ball and got it to Watson.

Watson missed a 3-pointer coming out of a timeout, and Roby got the rebound and was immediately fouled. He made both free throws for a 66-63 lead. Kevin Huerter's layin cut it to one point before Watson made two free throws.

Huerter went to the line with 2.8 seconds left, and after making the first free throw he intentionally missed the second. Palmer got the rebound, was fouled and put the game away with two free throws.

Bruno Fernando led the Terps with 21 points and nine rebounds. Huerter added 12 points and Darryl Morsell had 11.


Maryland: The Terps' fading NCAA Tournament hopes might have been dashed with their seventh straight road loss.

Nebraska: The Huskers are resting firmly on the NCAA bubble and absolutely needed this win. They got it, thanks to Palmer and Roby's efforts in the second half.


Maryland hosts Rutgers on Saturday. It's the teams' only meeting this season.

Nebraska visits Illinois. The Huskers beat the Illini 64-63 in Lincoln on Jan. 15.

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Maryland overwhelmed by Penn State in close loss


Maryland overwhelmed by Penn State in close loss

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Lamar Stevens feels like he's playing his most consistent basketball right now, a bad omen for upcoming opponents considering Penn State expects its hybrid forward to do a little bit of everything.

Just like he did on Wednesday.

Stevens scored 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting with 14 in the second half to lift Penn State over Maryland 74-70.


"Lamar really stepped up for us," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. "We needed every one of those points that he had tonight."

Tony Carr added 16 points, Josh Reaves scored 14, and Mike Watkins added 11 for the Nittany Lions (17-9, 7-6 Big Ten Conference), who equaled their previous best mark for conference victories under Chambers.

"The best teams always find ways to win," Stevens said. "We locked down when we had to, got huge stops, huge rebounds and I think that's a huge step for this team."

With Maryland (16-10, 5-8) up 20-14 midway through the first half, Stevens nailed his first of two 3-pointers to spark a quick 9-0 run that helped Penn State take control.

He rolled layups off his fingers and sank midrange jumpers on multiple back-to-back possessions in the second half, where he scored 11 of his team's first 20 points.

"He made some incredible, incredible shots," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "He was terrific, he was so efficient."

Stevens added four rebounds, two assists and was 3-for-4 on free throws with all three makes coming in the final 5:48 as Maryland threatened.


Anthony Cowan Jr. led Maryland with 15 points while Kevin Huerter and Bruno Fernando added 13 apiece.

Darryl Morsell had 10 points for the Terrapins, who cut a 10-point deficit with 8:11 to play to just three with 1:13 left.

"I didn't think we competed in the first half defensively," Turgeon said. "I thought in the second half, we were really trying hard."


Maryland: The Terrapins' disappointing season continues and they have dropped to 7-7 since stalwart forward Justin Jackson's season was ended by a torn shoulder ligament in late December. Although they shot better than their season average, the Terrapins were badly outplayed in the paint, getting outscored 32-22 and outrebounded 27-23.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions are playing an exciting brand of basketball as of late. They have a combined 22 dunks over their last three home games and opponents are finding it hard to play fast against a team that thrives on speed.