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Maryland upset by Oregon, 77-63

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Maryland upset by Oregon, 77-63

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Sabrina Ionescu led five Oregon players in double figures with 21 points and the tenth-seeded Ducks continued their improbable run through the NCAA Tournament with a 77-63 upset win over third-seeded Maryland.

Fellow freshman Ruthy Hebard added 16 points for the Ducks (23-13), who beat second-seeded Duke in the second round and advance to the first regional final in program history.

Brionna Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough each had 16 points for Maryland, which finishes the season at 32-3.

The Maryland offense, which averages more than 90 points a game to lead the nation, was held to its lowest point total this season

Oregon coach Kelly Graves said before the game that his young team that starts three freshmen may not know it is not supposed to be winning. The Ducks became the second No. 10 seed to advance to a regional final, joining the 1991 Lamar team.

Oregon led by nine points at halftime and made seven straight shots late in the third quarter to extend that to 59-45.

A steal and basket by Walker-Kimbrough cut the lead to 69-63 with just over minutes left, capping an 8-0 Maryland run. But Ionescu answered with a basket and the Terps were called for an offense foul on the other end, ending the threat.

The Terps, who average more than six 3-pointers a game, were 0-for-6 from behind the arc.

Maryland missed its first five shots and the game's first basket didn't come for more than three minutes, a short jumper by Oregon's Hebard.

Ionescu had 11 points, three rebounds and three assists in the first 20 minutes. She finished with seven assists and six rebounds. The Terps were able to stay close in the first half thanks to Brionna Jones, who had 10 points and seven rebounds before the break.

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2019 NCAA Tournament: #6 Maryland vs #3 LSU Second Round: TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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2019 NCAA Tournament: #6 Maryland vs #3 LSU Second Round: TV channel, live stream, how to watch

No. seed Maryland Terrapins face off against No. 3 seed LSU Tigers in the second round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament on Saturday, March 23 in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Tigers beat the No. 14 seed Yale Bulldogs 79-74 in the First Round on Thursday night, securing their spot in the second round to compete against the Terps, who defeated the Belmont Bruins on Thursday, 79-77. 

Maryland exited the Big Ten Tournament with an early loss to Nebraska 69-61, making their overall record 23-10. LSU finished the regular season 27-6 but lost to the Florida Gators 76-73 in the SEC Tournament. 

This is Maryland's third Tournament appearance under head coach Mark Turgeon. LSU is making its 21st NCAA Tournament appearance. For the fourth straight game LSU will be coached by assistant coach Tony Benford who is filling in for head coach Will Wade.

Wade has been suspended indefinitely for allegedly being caught on an FBI wiretap discussing a recruitment offer with Christian Dawkins.  

Here is the NCAA Tournament information:

Maryland vs. LSU How to Watch

What: 2019 NCAA Tournament Second Round, East Region

Who: #6 Maryland Terrapins vs. #3 LSU Tigers

When: 12:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 23

Where: VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Fla.

TV Channel: CBS

Online Stream: You can watch a live stream of Maryland vs. LSU on March Madness Live on NCAA.com

TV Announcers: Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel / Jamie Erdahl

Twitter: @TerrapinHoops@LSUBasketball

Maryland vs. LSU Bracket Analysis

Records: Maryland (23-10, 13-7 B1G), LSU (27-6, 16-2 SEC)
Player to Watch: Maryland (Bruno Fernando, Soph., F/C: 13.7 PPG, 10.5 RPG), LSU (Tremont Waters, Soph., G: 15.1 PPG, 5.9 RPG)
How They Got Here: Maryland def. #11 Belmont, 79-77. LSU def. #14 Yale 79-74
Previous Meeting:  LSU def. Maryland 79-77, 1/2/1989
Next Round: Winner of No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 10 Minnesota

Maryland vs. Betting Spread, Lines & Odds

Spread: LSU -2.5
Over/Under: 145
Money Line: Maryland +120, LSU -140
Against The Spread: MD 17-15-1, LSU 19-13-1

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If Maryland wins, they'll play a team that no one expected to be here in No. 3 LSU

If Maryland wins, they'll play a team that no one expected to be here in No. 3 LSU

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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