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.