Maryland Terrapins earn No. 4 seed, will play Valparaiso on Friday


The Maryland Terrapins will be the No. 4 seed in the Midwest region of the NCAA Tournament. They will square off against No. 13 seed Valparaiso Crusaders on Friday, March 20, in Columbus, Ohio.

Valparaiso (28-5) earned their ticket to the Big Dance by winning the Horizon League regular season and conference tournament. The Crusaders beat Green Bay, 54-44, in the championship game to advance to the NCAA tournament for the second time in three years.

The Terps finished 27-6 after losing to Michigan State, 62-58, in the conference tournament semifinals on Saturday. They finished 14-4 in the Big Ten, a shocker for a first-year team in one of the toughest basketball conferences in the country.

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The two teams have previously played in the first round of the 1999 tournament. The No. 2 seed Terrapins routed the No. 15 seed Crusaders, 82-60, in the opening round of the tournament. Steve Francis had a terrific game for Gary Williams’ team, finishing with 15 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Terence Morris and Laron Profit scored 18 points each in the win.

The last time Maryland made the tournament in 2010, they were also the fourth seed. They lost to Michigan State. 85-83, in the second round.

The Terrapins find themselves in what could be the toughest region of the tournament. Top-seeded Kentucky leads the Midwest region, which also includes Kansas, Wichita State, Indiana, Texas, Butler, West Virginia and Purdue.

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