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With NIT more likely than NCAA, Maryland could have plenty of competition from Power Five elite

With NIT more likely than NCAA, Maryland could have plenty of competition from Power Five elite

The further Maryland falls below the .500 mark in Big Ten play, the longer its chances become that anything less than winning the league’s postseason tournament at Madison Square Garden will get them into a fourth straight NCAA tournament.

More significantly perhaps is that it also lessens the chances that the Terps can even secure an invitation to the 32-team National Invitation Tournament, which could boast one of college basketball’s bluebloods as well as this season’s top player.

Mark Turgeon has tried to deflect some of the criticism being heaped on Maryland by saying that the Terps are not the only Power 5 team struggling. He’s right. They’re not even the most...

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