The latest bracket projections and a hypothetical Maryland-Georgetown game

Terps men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon on Maryland's 75-59 win over Big Ten rival Michigan State. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun video)

When the NCAA tournament brackets for men's basketball come out each March, there are usually a couple matchups -- or potential matchups -- that raise eyebrows and suggest that the selection committee was having some fun.

Maryland and Georgetown being placed in the same section of the bracket would accomplish that.


In their latest projections, ESPN's Joe Lunardi and CBS's Jerry Palm both have the Terps placed in a spot where they could see the Hoyas in the Round of 32.

The animosity between the schools' athletic programs has been well documented, so no use rehashing it all here. Refusing to schedule a regular season game for years, they haven't played in men's hoops since the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla., in 2008, a game Georgetown won, 75-48.

Beyond all the drama, it would be an interesting matchup, particularly after seeing the Hoyas upset No. 4 Villanova on Monday night.

Lunardi's latest projected bracket was released Monday, before that Georgetown win. He has Maryland as the No. 2 seed in the East region, opening with a Round of 64 game against Colgate in Pittsburgh. Georgetown is the No. 7 seed in that bracket, opening against N.C. State, another team that would make for an interesting game against the Terps. No. 11 George Washington is also in that hypothetical bracket.

Palm's bracket has Maryland as the No. 3 seed in the South, facing Iona in Pittsburgh. He has No. 6 Georgetown facing No. 11 George Washington in the same quadrant of the bracket.

Of course, we're still more than seven weeks away from Selection Sunday, so hold off on those travel plans for now.

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