March Madness has begun a week early for the Maryland Terrapins. It wasn’t that long ago that their upset over the Duke Blue Devils looked like it would be enough to secure a pair of dancing slippers, but thanks to a bad loss to the Boston College Eagles, Maryland can’t afford to lose to anymore iffy teams.
Not many teams are as “iffy” in the country as the Clemson Tigers. Clemson only has 13 wins on the season and has only compiled five of those in ACC play. While the game might seem like a near-lock for the Terps to come out on top, if the Boston College game taught us anything, it is hard to count on Maryland to do what we expect them to do.
The game is home for Maryland, always a nice advantage, and they surely know the importance of this game. If the Terrapins were to find a way to lose this game, their NCAA tournament dreams would likely be over. Granted, Maryland has five games and the ACC tournament left, but the Selection Committee won’t be very excited about another bad loss by Maryland.
This is the first game, in a three game stretch, that Maryland will go into the contest heavily favored. Capitalize on a late-season cupcake schedule and the Terrapins can have 21 wins before their last two games of the regular season, against much better competition. Lose today, all bets are off and a 20 win season might not be enough for Maryland to go dancing in March.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow Joe on Twitter @JosephNardone