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Maryland basketball a surprising No. 6 seed in NCAA Tournament; will play Xavier on Thursday at 6:50 p.m.

Maryland basketball a surprising No. 6 seed in NCAA Tournament; will play Xavier on Thursday at 6:50 p.m.

In describing the scene that unfolded in the basement of his family’s Montgomery County home as he and his team watched the field for the NCAA tournament announced Sunday, Maryland coach Mark Turgeon admitted that his emotions ran the gamut from uncertainty to elation, from possible dejection to delirium.

“Each time [a pairing was about to be shown], ‘It’s going to be this one, it’s going to be this one,’ and then you saw Wisconsin was an 8 [seed] —‘Oh my gosh what’s going on here?’” Turgeon recalled later. “When I saw the last part of the bracket, I knew we were going be one of the last teams called. My heart was jumping through my sweater.”

Said junior guard Melo Trimble,...

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