This is what the Maryland men's basketball team is likely to find out as they enter the 2016-17 season ranked 21st in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll:
It's a lot easier — and probably a lot more fun — to spend the season trying prove everybody wrong than to carry the weight of having to prove everybody right.
The Terps were ranked third in both major polls at this point last season and went on to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2003. That's a successful season by any measure, but the heady preseason ranking left room to view it as an underachievement.
This year's team won't have to deal...