Two teams that surprised many with their spot in the NCAA Tournament are set to square off today as Maryland takes on Belmont.
The Bruins shocked the world on Selection Sunday when they were given a spot in the NCAA Tournament as a second team from the Ohio Valley Conference. Belmont won the regular season title outright, but lost in the OVC Tournament Championship game to Murray State.
Maryland enters the tournament in a bit of a slump, having lost three of their last four, including a stunning loss to Nebraska in the Big Ten Tournament. But with wins over the likes of Purdue, Iowa, Ohio State and Minnesota, it was hard to keep the Terrapins down.
ESPN’s computer model has released its prediction for the Maryland-Belmont game.
ESPN’s computer model believes that Maryland has the advantage in this one. The computer model gives the Terrapins a 63.7 percent chance to win today’s NCAA Tournament game.
No strangers to First Round upsets, Maryland’s last NCAA Tournament appearance saw them lose to No. 11 Xavier in 2017 as a No. 6 seed. But the Bruins have never won a game in the tournament proper. One of those trends is going to repeat itself today.
The winner of the game will face the winner of the ongoing LSU-Yale game in the Round of 32.
The game will be played at 3:10 p.m. EST on truTV.