The Maryland Terrapins we're not expected to do much in in 2016-17, not with the departures the team dealt with this past offseason.
But with Melo Trimble's resurgeance and a terrific trio of freshman, the Terps are head back to March Madness.
Maryland earned the No. 6 seed in the west region and will face No. 11 seed Xavier in the first round in a rematch of a 2003 NCAA Tournament game.
Here is the game information:
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Maryland vs. Xavier How to Watch
What: 2017 NCAA Tournament First Round, West Region
Who: No. 6 seed Maryland (24-8, 12-6 Big Ten) vs. No. 11 seed Saint Mary's (21-13, 9-9 Big East)
When: 6:50 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 16
Where: Amway Center. Orlando, Fla.
TV Channel: TNT
Online Stream: March Madness Live on NCAA.com
TV Announcers: Ian Eagle (Play-by-play), Steve Lavin(Analyst), Evan Washburn (Reporter)
Maryland vs. Xavier Bracket Analysis
How They Got Here:
Maryland (At-large, lost to Northwestern in Big Ten quarterfinals),
Xavier (At-large, lost to Creighton in Big East quarterfinals)
Maryland — Kansas State (69-68), Oklahoma State (71-70), Minnesota (85-78), Northwestern (74-64)
Xavier — Wake Forest (69-65), Utah (77-69), Butler (62-57)
Next Round: Winner of No. 3 Florida State vs. No. 14 Florida Gulf Coast
West Region Bracket:
No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 16 South Dakota State
No. 8 Northwestern vs. No. 9 Vanderbilt
No. 5 Notre Dame vs. No. 12 Princeton
No. 4 West Virginia vs. No. 13 Buckell
No. 6 Maryland vs. No. 11 Xavier
No. 3 Florida State vs. No. 14 Florida Gulf Coast
No. 7 Saint Mary's vs. No. 10 VCU
No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 15 North Dakota
Previous Meeting: Maryland 77, Xavier 64 (2003 NCAA Tournament)
NCAA Tournament History:
Maryland — 41-25. 26th appearance. Two Final Fours ('01, '02). One National Championship ('02).
Xavier — 24-26. 27th appearance. Five Sweet Sixteens. Two Elite Eights ('04, '08)
2016 NCAA Tournament:
Maryland — No. 5 seed. Sweet 16 (SDSU 79-74, Hawaii 73-60, Kansas 63-79)
Xavier —No. 2 seed. Second Round (Weber State 71-53, Wisconsin 63-66)
Maryland vs. Xavier Betting Spread, Lines & Odds
Favorites: Maryland -2
Money Line: Maryland -130, Xavier +110
Against The Spread: Maryland finished the 2016-2017 season with a 18-13 record ATS but was just 6-6 ATS in non-conference games. Xavier, meanwhile is 4-0 ATS in their last four games despite a 15-18 record ATS this season.
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