Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
College Park, MD–
It’s officially that time of year for the Terps, two teams heading for the NCAA Tournament. The Maryland men will head to Birmingham on Thursday as the 8th seed in the South and face the 9th seed, West Virginia.
If they beat the Mountaineers, they’ll face the winner of the game between No. 1 Alabama and No. 16 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi or Southeast Missouri State in the second round Saturday. So many of the predictions have this as one of the toughest matchups they have seen in the past month. won’t be a Purdue, but it will be equally as difficult as the Mountaineers.
West Virginia is led by Bob Huggins who knows how to play in March. Their past four games dating back to February 25th include just one loss to No. 3 Kansas by just two points 76-74.
For the Terps, they have played a up and down roller coaster since upsetting Purdue and two losses to Penn State and Ohio State. Penn State. Do they have enough to knock off WVU and make a run at No. 1 Alabama on Saturday? We think so, but it’s going to be a closely contested game and Kevin Willard will need an entire team outing against a stronger on paper West Virginia.
Over to the Womens side of things. Heading to the NCAA Tournament this time of year is nothing short of expected for Brenda Frese as she takes her team as a 2 seed and will face 15th seed Holy Cross in College Park on Friday.
After beginning the season 4-2, the Terps finished the regular season winning 21 of their last 25 games, including seven wins over ranked opponents and four wins versus top-10 teams. This may be the toughest team to face in the tournament. Frese has had quite a few teams that have the ability to go deep, but they will have to do better than that did in the Big Ten Tournament.