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Terps a No. 9 seed in Joe Lunardi's projected bracket

There's been much debate about whether this is a rebuilding year for the Maryland men's basketball team, or whether Mark Turgeon will just have some retooling to do as he replaces four starters from last season's 27-9 team.

At least one national writer doesn't believe the young Terps will be in the top tier of the Big Ten this season.

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Joe Lunardi of ESPN released his first projected bracket Thursday, and had Maryland as a No. 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Maryland is one of seven Big Ten teams Lunardi has in the field.

Lunardi has Michigan State and Wisconsin both projected to be No. 3 seeds, with Purdue and Indiana as four seeds. There's a significant drop after that, with Maryland as a No. 9, Ohio State as a No. 10 and Michigan as a No. 11.

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Over the summer, Lunardi had projected the Terps to be a No. 6 seed.

Maryland's Big Ten schedule is heavy on playing only home games against the top teams in the league – Indiana, Purdue and Michigan State – while the two one-and-done road games are against Wisconsin and Michigan.

The only non-conference games the Terps will play against teams in Lunardi's latest projected field are against Georgetown (a projected 11-seed) and Howard (a 16-seed in a play-in game). Howard is picked as the projected winner of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

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