If the No. 6 Maryland Terrapins happen to make it past No. 11 Belmont in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, they'll have an opponent that not manny people expected to make the Second Round.
No. 3 seed LSU Tigers powered past No. 14 Yale 79-74 to earn a spot in the next round.
The Tigers won this game despite turmoil hitting their program at the end of the season. The program is without their head coach Will Wade. In wake of an FBI wiretap, the school suspended him indefinitely.
That wiretap recored Wade using phrases like “rookie minimum” and "strong-a** deal" to suggest the payment of his players. Freshman Javonte Smart appears to be the player Wade was referring to in this context, according to The Advocate.
Smart missed some time, but eventually came back. Wade, meanwhile, will likely not coach the team at all in the NCAA Tournament.
For these reasons, LSU was a popular First Round upset pick with the Ivy League's Yale Bulldogs being the victors.
That did not come to pass and now the Tigers face the winners of Maryland-Belmont. The Tigers are tall, athletic and have four different players that are capable of scoring at a high rate.
A tough draw for the Terps if they find a way to advance.
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