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How does Maryland match up against first-round opponent Xavier?

How does Maryland match up against first-round opponent Xavier?

Trying to figure out Maryland’s first-round opponent in the NCAA tournament is much like getting a feel for the Terps themselves.

Xavier limped to the finish line, just as Maryland did, after losing point guard Edmond Sumner with a season-ending knee injury in late January. Many believe the Musketeers wouldn’t have even received an invitation had they not reached the Big East’s semifinals.

Losers of seven of its last 10 games, Xavier (21-13) can claim something the Terps can’t: a win over a top 25 team. The Musketeers beat No. 18 Butler in the Big East tournament quarterfinals before losing to Creighton in the semifinals. It was Xavier’s only win over a Top 25 team in seven...

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