Maryland does not have a very tough non-conference schedule. Therefore, it is not going to have many opportunities to get some quality wins on the resume. A win against Connecticut would have gone a long ways.
Maryland only plays one other ranked opponent on its non-conference schedule–as of right now. That game will be played against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Dec. 4. I doubt the Terrapins will win that game, but they have some time to prepare for it.
It is a shame that this team has lost back-to-back season openers against great competition. Not to mention, the Terps had a chance to win both games. Last season it was against the Kentucky Wildcats and this season it was obviously against Connecticut.
At least they fought back and gave themselves a chance to win, but a win is a win and a loss is a loss come March.
Maryland does play in the ACC, so at least there is that. The conference currently has three teams ranked in the top 10. The ACC will easily be one of the best all season long. That could be good or bad for the Terps. They could lose over and over again against great competition or they could win some big games.
It should make this team a better one no matter how you look at it, as it will be challenged quite a bit.
The loss to Connecticut does not mean that Maryland will miss out on the dance, but it is still a crucial one because of the lack of competition before ACC play. The season just started, though, so the Terrapins will have plenty of time to build up that resume.