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Maryland vs. Johns Hopkins: Three things to watch
These two in-state rivals will meet for the 109th game all-time and the 13th time in the NCAA tournament. Johns Hopkins won nine of the 12 tournament contests, but Maryland, which defeated the Blue Jays, 9-6, on April 14, can take comfort in the knowledge that the regular-season winner is 7-5 when the sides meet again in the tournament. No. 2 seed Johns Hopkins (12-3) is 21-9 in the NCAA tournament under coach Dave Pietramala and seeking its first berth in the Final Four since 2008. The Terps (10-5), who are aiming for their first national crown since 1975, advanced to last year’s tournament final before falling to Virginia. Here are a few factors that could play a role in the outcome of this NCAA tournament quarterfinal at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis Saturday afternoon.
By Edward Lee
May 19, 2012