Maryland doesn’t receive invitation to NIT

March 11, 2018 | WNST Staff

Already knowing its streak of three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances would officially be snapped, Maryland was also left out of the National Invitational Tournament on Sunday night.

For the first time since the 2013-14 season and the third time in seven seasons under head coach Mark Turgeon, the Terps will not play in the postseason, ending a disappointing and injury-plagued campaign. Maryland dropped to 19-13 with their second-round loss to Wisconsin in the Big Ten tournament on March 1 and finished a disappointing 8-10 in the conference.

Even with the season-ending injuries suffered by forwards Justin Jackson and Ivan Bender, the Terps not even qualifying for the NIT with the talented trio of Anthony Cowan, Kevin Huerter, and Bruno Fernando is not a good look for Turgeon and a program facing increasing scrutiny from their fan base. Turgeon remains under contract through the 2022-23 season after signing an extension in the fall of 2016.

The Big Ten will send two teams to the NIT with Penn State as a No. 4 seed and Nebraska a No. 5 seed in the 32-team tournament. Purdue, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Michigan all qualified for the NCAA tournament earlier Sunday evening.