Andy Enfield

With Big Ten better than expected, Maryland's road to NCAA tournament will be challenging

With Big Ten better than expected, Maryland's road to NCAA tournament will be challenging

As has often happened throughout Mark Turgeon’s eight years at Maryland, the road to the NCAA tournament begins — and ends — in conference play this season.

Until Maryland played Virginia on Wednesday, the Terps had not faced a team rated higher than Marshall, which is No. 99 according to KenPom.com.

Though the No. 24 Terps played well in spurts, a chance for a resume-building win eluded Turgeon’s team with Wednesday’s 76-71 loss to the fourth-ranked Cavaliers.

Maryland will have to start building its case for NCAA tournament inclusion with its Big Ten schedule, which begins with Saturday’s 5 p.m. game against Penn State at Xfinity Center.

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