Cornell's entire season, not final game, matters most to Maryland's John Tillman

Despite being the top seed in the Ivy League tournament, Cornell was stunned, 14-13, in overtime by No. 12 Princeton. That result cost the Big Red one of the eight seeds in the NCAA tournament and the right to host a home game in the first round.

No. 2 Cornell (12-3) will visit No. 11 and sixth-seeded Maryland (10-3) at Byrd Stadium in College Park this Sunday, but Terps coach John Tillman is not as concerned about the Big Red’s last outing as he is about that team’s entire season.

“If you look at what they’ve done, they’ve played 15 games and they’ve won 12 of them,” Tillman said Sunday night. “So to me, their overall body of work is excellent. To win 12 games is a huge accomplishment and their staff does a great job. They have a very talented group. And I’m not sure there’s a better or worse time to play anybody. I think at the end of the year, everybody is trying to do everything they can to put their best foot forward in trying to win ball games.”

Maryland cemented a seed and a home contest in the first round after walloping Colgate, 18-6, last Saturday. It’s only the second time in the last five years that the Terps will play host to an opponent in the first round, and they are 6-1 at home in the first round since the field for the NCAA tournament was expanded to 16 teams for the 2003 postseason.

“When given a chance, we’d always rather play at Byrd Stadium,” Tillman said. “It’s a pretty special place for us with a lot of great tradition and for us to play in front of our fans is a great thing for us to be able to do. It certainly doesn’t guarantee you anything, but when given a chance, you’d always rather play at your home venue than go on the road.”

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