Maryland Basketball Ranking: NCAA Tournament Final Four, Final Four Quarterfinals, Final Fours bracket
By Mark Gorman—Maryland basketball was in the midst of its NCAA Tournament bracket, but the Big Ten championship game and the Final Four semifinals seemed to be missing from the list.
Maryland has never won the NCAA tournament, but it has never had a chance to win the conference championship.
The Terrapins have never won a national title.
The Big Ten is still the conference with the most conference championships in school history, but Maryland has not qualified for the NCAA Tournament since 2004.
This year’s tournament has been decided by a record 5-3 margin.
The Terps have been a top-five team in the NCAA since 2011-12, when they won the Big East regular-season title.
They have won three consecutive conference titles, including in 2013-14.
Marylands most recent win came in the 2013-2014 regular season finale, when the Terps upset No. 6 seed Iowa 81-63.
Marylanders season ended with a heartbreaking loss to No. 1 seed Michigan in the Final FOUR, where the Terrapuses’ best players were injured.
The Wolverines are coming off a disappointing season.
They finished the regular season with the worst record in the nation and lost to Ohio State in the Big 10 championship game.
After a dominant season last year, Ohio State, ranked No. 4 in the AP poll, and Michigan State, No. 2 in the coaches poll, both lost to the Big 12 champions.
This year, the Buckeyes have an advantage in the conference rankings and will likely have a greater shot at winning the conference title.
The Spartans are expected to be a top contender in the tournament, which is played on March 12.
The Spartans’ star point guard, Marcus Smart, is likely the most valuable player on the team.
He averaged a career-high 25.5 points per game and had 13 double-doubles.
He also scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the championship game, as well as grabbing eight rebounds and making two 3-pointers.
Michigan State’s star guard, J.J. Frazier, is another point guard who is likely to have a bigger role on the Spartans.
Frazier scored 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting against Ohio State.
He is averaging a career best of 23.6 points per contest this season, and his 9.3 assists per game is second on the squad.
His 7.3 steals per game rank fourth in the country, and he has five blocks.
Michigan has won four of the last six NCAA Tournament games, including the first three titles, with Frazier leading the way with 12.3 points per outing.
The Buckeyes will look to beat Ohio State on Sunday night, when Frazier is expected to miss the first half with an ankle injury.
The two-time defending Big Ten champion is averaging 26.5 minutes per game on 41.7 percent shooting.
Frazier is averaging 13.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists per contest, while ranking fourth on the Big House team with 7.0 steals per contest.