You had to figure the Maryland men’s basketball team would get moved off the bubble — and out of the NCAA tournament altogether — after losing last week by 30 points to then-No. 1 Michigan State in East Lansing.
The Terps did get bounced, but in a different direction.
Victories over Penn State and Iowa moved Maryland up from a No. 11 seed to a No. 10 seed in the latest ESPN bracketology. Bracketologist Joe Lunardi has the Terps facing No. 7 seed Florida in Charlotte, N.C.
Lunardi has the winner facing the winner of No. 2 Duke and No. 15 seed Pennsylvania in the Round of 32. The Terps haven’t played the Blue Devils since Maryland left the Atlantic Coast Conference four years ago.
Now if that bracket, part of the South Region, could be moved a little north, say to Pittsburgh...
Then again, Maryland fans would probably want to face coach Mike Krzyzewski and the hated Blue Devils anytime, anywhere, since it’s unlikely that ESPN will ever sign off on them playing in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge until college basketball’s winningest coach hangs it up.