Terps drop to No. 16 in AP poll and to a No. 3 seed in bracket projections

This week's AP Top 25 is out, and it has Maryland's men's basketball team down three spots, to No. 16, after a week that included a loss at Indiana and Sunday night's great escape against Northwestern.

The next round of bracket projections have also been posted, and here are the latest educated guesses as to where Maryland (18-3) will be placed on Selection Sunday.


ESPN's Joe Lunardi dropped the Terps to a No. 3 seed in the East Region. (He had them on the No. 2 line last week.)

On his bracket, the Terps still begin in Pittsburgh. They'd play No. 14 William & Mary, the presumed champion out of the Colonial Athletic Association. Their potential Round of 32 matchup would be No. 6 Northern Iowa or the winner of a No. 11 play-in game between North Carolina State and Kansas State.

In that projection, the Terps cpuld face No. 2 Villanova in the Sweet 16 and possibly No. 1 Virginia in the regional final. (That region concludes in Syracuse.)

CBS Sports' Jerry Palm also dropped Maryland to a No. 3 seed, and he also has them in the East where Villanova and Virginia could await in Syracuse.

Palm has the Terps facing No. 14 Yale, the presumed Ivy League champion, in the Round of 64 in Pittsburgh. Either No. 6 Northern Iowa or No. 11 Tulsa would be up next.

And, considering his expertise in these matters, we thought it would be worth also looking at the latest bracket projection of ex-Terps reporter Patrick Stevens, who these days looks into his crystal ball for Syracuse.com.

Stevens has Maryland as the No. 3 seed in the West Region (Los Angeles). He has them opening in Columbus, Ohio, against No. 14 Murray State, the presumed winner of the Ohio Valley Conference. That game would feed into a hypothetical Round of 32 game against either No. 6 San Diego State or a No. 11 play-in winner between Old Dominion and St. John's.

Being in the West bracket has Maryland in line to possibly face No. 2 Arizona in the Sweet 16 and No. 1 Kansas for a trip to the Final Four, if the seeds held true. No. 4 Georgetown is also in that bracket, and we touched last week on why that could make for an interesting tournament matchup.

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