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For those of you starting to figure out your 65 teams for this year's NCAA tournament -- hey, you can never start early enough -- here are some of the latest RPI numbers from the NCAA's Web site.

Maryland was up to 151 before its win Tuesday night over Holy Cross, and should move up a few digits if it wins Saturday against Virginia Tech (75) in Blacksburg. In truth, just the fact that the Terps are only going to play ACC teams from here out will help their RPI. But the hole that Maryland dug for itself, at least in terms of the RPI, doesn't bode well for March.

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According to the NCAA's most recent RPI, Maryland is a distant 12th in the ACC, the highest-rated conference. North Carolina (2) is the only conference team in the top 10, while Duke (23) and Clemson (26) are the only other teams in the top 30. After that, you have Florida State (52), Miami (56), Virginia (61), North Carolina State (63), the Hokies (75), Boston College (81), Georgia Tech (92) and Wake Forest (96).

As for the in-state teams, the Terps are still a distant second to UMBC (86). After Maryland, there's Coppin State (172), Morgan State (182), Mount St. Mary's (209), Loyola (234), Towson (240), Navy (309) and UMES (326).

Not exactly a basketball hotbed, is it?

March Sadness awaits.

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