What's at stake: For the first time since joining the Big Ten Conference in 2014, the Terps enter the league tournament without at least a share of the regular-season title. More urgently, they also begin postseason play without a home game in the NCAA tournament assured. Only the selection committee’s top 16 seeds earn the right to host opening-weekend games in the Big Dance; as of Thursday, Maryland was a No. 5 seed in ESPN.com’s latest bracket projection. To return to College Park after the Big Ten tournament, the Terps need to make a run in Indianapolis. If chalk holds in the tournament, Maryland would have a chance to add wins against three teams ranked in the top 60 in the Rating Percentage Index: the Hoosiers (No. 54), No. 3 seed Nebraska (No. 63) and No. 1 seed Ohio State (No. 6). A fourth straight Big Ten tournament crown would be nice, but coach Brenda Frese might prefer an eighth straight NCAA tournament appearance in College Park.