COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland men’s basketball team has secured its fourth NCAA Tournament bid in five years earning the No. 6 seed in the East Region announced Sunday evening during the NCAA Selection Show.
The Terps will face the winner of Tuesday’s First Four matchup for the No. 11 seed between Belmont and Temple. The Terps will play Belmont or Temple Thursday, March 21 in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament at Jacksonville Memorial Veterans Arena in Jacksonville, Fla.
This is Maryland’s first appearance in the East Regional since the program’s 2002 National Championship season.
The game will air live on Tru TV at approximately 3:10 p.m. and will be broadcast across the region on the Maryland Sports Radio Network.
The Terps, ranked 21th in the Associated Press Poll, enter the tournament with a 22-10 record. Maryland is led by First Team All-Big Ten honoree and Kareem-Abdul Jabar Award finalist Bruno Fernando, who is averaging 13.7 points and 10.4 rebounds.
Second Team All-Big Ten selection Anthony Cowan Jr. leads the Terps in scoring for the second consecutive season (16.0), and is making his second career NCAA Tournament appearance for the Terps.
Maryland is making its 28th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and 22nd postseason appearance in the last 26 years. The Terps have advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen eight times in the last 24 years, including consecutive trips to the NCAA Final Four in 2001 and 2002. The Terps captured the NCAA National Championship in 2002.
Maryland is 41-26 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, including 11 consecutive appearances from 1994 – 2004. The Terps have won at least one game in 12 of its last 13 NCAA appearances dating back to 1998.
Maryland is 4-6 all-time against Temple, with the last meeting coming during the 2012 season. Thursday’s game would be the first-ever meeting between Maryland and Belmont. Should Maryland advance to Saturday’s Second Round, the Terps would face the winner of No. 3 seed LSU and No. 14 Yale.