Maryland suffers modest fall in rankings and bracket projections

There's no questions Maryland's stock is dropping after another blowout loss on the road Sunday at Iowa.

But Terps fans who fear the sky is falling – and have visions of Maryland being on NCAA tournament bubble watch on Selection Sunday – can take a deep breath (for now).


The experts still mostly have the Terps on the No. 4 or No. 5 line as they enter a week that includes a home game against Indiana and a trip to Penn State.

Here's where three bracket prognosticators place Maryland, which fell two spots to No. 19 in Monday's AP Top 25.

ESPN's Joe Lunardi
has Maryland as a No. 5 seed in the West Region (Los Angeles). Lunardi has the Terps opening against No. 12 Wofford in Jacksonville, with a potential game against either No. 4 Oklahoma or No. 13 Harvard waiting in the Round of 32. Gonzaga is the No. 1 seed in thar region.

CBS's Jerry Palm
places the Terps as the No. 4 seed in the South Region (Houston). He's got them starting out in Pittsburgh against No. 13 Louisiana Tech. That feeds into a potential game against No. 5 Oklahoma or No. 12 Stephen F. Austin. Duke is the No. 1 seed in that region and could be an opponent in the regional semifinals.

Patrick Stevens of Syracuse.com
also has Maryland as the No. 4 seed in the South, but he has the Terps beginning with a weekend in Seattle. They'd face No. 13 Harvard in the Round of 64 and either No. 5 Arkansas or No. 12 Green Bay if they advance. Stevens' bracket would also have Maryland facing Duke in the Sweet 16, should both advance that far.

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