The NCAA Tournament selection committee did Maryland no favors. The Terrapins have been placed as the No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region, where they'll face No. 13 seed Valparaiso in Columbus. If the Terps can get past their first-round opponent, games against West Virginia and, gulp, Kentucky could loom.
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Date: Friday, March 20
Time: 4:40 p.m. E.T.
TV Channel: TNT
Location: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Announcers: Ian Eagle,Doug Gottlieb, Evan Washburn
Opening Betting Line: Maryland -5 (5Dimes)
Prediction: This is a pretty tough opening test for Maryland, as Valparaiso poses some matchup problems for the Terps. With Melo Trimble and Dez Wells, though, Mark Turgeon's squad should be able to win their first NCAA Tournament game since 2010.
We're expecting a fairly close contest, but Maryland should be able to pull away late and win somewhat comfortably.