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A year ago, ESPN.com bracketologist Joe Lunardi proved prescient when it came to Maryland, picking the Terps in his June 1 bracket to be a sixth-seed playing in Orlando.

If Lunardi is right about the post-season fortunes of Mark Turgeon's team for the 2017-18, the Terps will have an even more difficult road than last season, which ended with a Round of 64 loss to No. 11 seed Xavier.

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In the bracket released Thursday, Lunardi has Maryland as a No. 11 seed playing in the first-round game (or play-in) in Dayton against another No. 11 seed, Texas Tech. The winner would face No. 6 seed Southern Cal in Detroit.

The Terps are the lowest seeded of the six Big Ten teams Lunardi has in the 68-team field.

Michigan State is the highest-seeded team, a No. 2, followed by Minnesota, a No. 4 seed. Three teams – Michigan, Purdue and Northwestern - are No. 7 seeds, and Wisconsin is a No. 8 seed.

Though Lunardi didn't have Maryland in the field in a bracket posted shortly after the 2016-17 season ended – after point guard Melo Trimble announced he was signing with an agent and not returning to College Park – the recent announcement that Justin Jackson would return for his sophomore year appears only to give the Terps a slight bump.

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