Terps now trending toward a No. 4 seed in NCAA tournament projections

The Super Bowl is in the rearview mirror, meaning there's no good reason not to start dedicating most of your sports attention toward the NCAA tournament.

Maryland is still in great shape to return to the Big Dance for the first time since 2010, but the Terps' stock is definitely dropping a bit after blowout losses at Indiana and Ohio State sandwiched around a last-second escape against Northwestern. (They dropped a spot to No. 17 in this week's AP poll.)


As Don Markus, pointed out, though, the Terps' second-half Big Ten schedule should be more favorable than their first nine games in the conference.

As Maryland prepares for a Wednesday night home game against Penn State, here's our weekly check on where the Terps are projected to land on NCAA tournament brackets:


ESPN's Joe Lunardi
 dropped Maryland to the No. 4 line on his Monday morning projection. Joey Brackets has the Terps in the East region, but he now has them playing the first weekend in Jacksonville, as opposed to Pittsburgh. (Gator Bowl memories, anyone?) In Lunardi's bracket, Maryland would open agains No. 13 Murray State, with a potential game against No. 5 Baylor or No. 12 Wofford awaiting. No. 1 Virginia looms as a potential Sweet 16 opponent. The East regional's semifinals and final are in Syracuse.

Patrick Stevens of
also has Maryland getting a No. 4 seed. He has the Terps in the West Region (Los Angeles), facing No. 13 William & Mary in the Round of 64. That game — in Columbus, Ohio – would feed into a Round of 32 matchup against either No. 5 Notre Dame or a No. 12 play-in winner (St. John's or Ole Miss).

Jerry Palm of
kept the Terps on the No. 3 line this week. He has them in the South Region (Houston), but opening with a weekend in Pittsburgh. There, Maryland would face No. 14 Yale in the Round of 64 and could play No. 6 Wichita State or No. 11 Miami (Fla.) in the next round. Obviously that could be intriguing, with Mark Turgeon having coached the Shockers. In Palm's projection, the Terps could run into No. 2 Duke in the Sweet 16.