Maryland Will Turn Down NIT Bid Due To Scheduling Conflict

March 10, 2008 |

Unless they somehow get to the NCAA Tournament…that is!

A black cloud is hanging over the Maryland Men’s Basketball Team. The Terps have lost a few hearbreakers over the last few weeks- and when they needed to beat a team that was 4-11 in the ACC (Virginia) to secure an NCAA bid- the hotel they stayed at in Charlottesville did them in.

The hotel that the team stayed in near Charlottesville lost power on Saturday night and a few of the players were vomiting all night due to an unknown virus.  It’s actually amazing that Maryland was able to dress all of it’s players last night in the loss. Needless to say- that loss might have dropped them into the NIT- in which they will have to say “thank you but no thank you” to.

The reason??

Rounds 1 and 2 of the NCAA Women’s Tournament will be at the Comcast Center next week. Teams will be coming in starting on Wednesday for shoot arounds and practice.

I can assure you that the administration at College Park were not thinking of a scheduleing conflict when they bid on hosting the NCAA Women’s Tournament 2 years ago.

Coach Williams- I’m sweating thru my suit thinking about this right now.

The only way the Terps will be able to accept a bid is if they ask the NIT to have them play “on the road” for the first 2 games (assuming they win the first game- which right now- is not a sure thing. Remember- the Terps lost to Manhatten 2 years ago @ Comcast). 

I don’t see Maryland playing on the road at a school like Fairleigh Dickenson in Round 1 of the NIT in front of a sold out crowd of 500 people.

It’s been a seasaw season for the Terps. Win a few games in the ACC tournament- and you can delete this blog from your memory.