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Maryland Terrapins Are Overrated In the Big 10

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Sometimes meeting the new kids on the block can be exciting. But after a while, those new kids may get boring.

The Maryland Terrapins are very much those new kids. Sure, the Terrapins are off to a respectable start as a new member of the Big 10 conference, but the success has been highly overblown.

The Terrapins are currently ranked No. 16 nationally and hold a 18-4 overall record, including a 6-3 mark in the conference. In the big picture, Mark Turgeon has done a terrific job this season. On a national view, the Terrapins are no more than a middle of the pack basketball team.

For starters, look who they have beaten.

Outside of a solid win over the Iowa State Cyclones in November, the Terrapins have been mediocre inside the Big 10. On their schedule, their defeats have came on the road to the Indiana Hoosiers, the Illinois Fighting Illini and tonight’s blowout loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes 80-56.

In most years, a pair of victories over the Michigan State Spartans would be an automatic resume sender to the NCAA tournament, but the Spartans are having an off year, with seven losses already. If you take the current conference standings, the 13-8 Purdue Boilermakers would be the team’s best win.

From a statistical standpoint, the Terrapins rank 71st in points per game and 95th in points allowed. When you put those numbers against some of the other elite teams in the nation, they simply just don’t compare. The Terrapins have the look of a team that will win a game or two in the NCAA tournament at best.

Considering the school has not been to March Madness since 2010, this might be considered a great success. The Terrapins have not won more than one NCAA tournament game since 2004. That being said, the “Fear The Turtle” catchphrase that is associated with the school is nothing more than just that.

The Terrapins will be a middle of the pack conference team this season, and likely for seasons to come.

Michael Costeines is the ACC basketball Blogger for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @MCosteines, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.