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11. Maryland (9-6, 1-3)

In his first season as head coach, Kevin Willard turned things around for the Terrapins, taking Maryland to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. This debut was a great start, though it’s certainly not the ceiling for the Terrapins. Unfortunately, a return trip to the Big Dance isn’t looking likely out of the gate this season, though perhaps Willard can surprise us again.

The Terrapins started off 1-3, including close losses to Davidson and UAB. They won at UCLA right before Christmas, but it’s clear that those Bruins really aren’t a good team this season. There’s honestly not a lot to like about this resume, and the Terrapins have already lost three times in conference play. Falling to Purdue is understandable, but that close loss to Minnesota helps cement Maryland’s place near the bottom of this league.

Jahmir Young has played well this season and there’s talent here, especially with Julian Reese and Donta Scott on the court. However, the Terrapins have really struggled on offense this season, with some terrible 3-point shooting especially early in the season. While the Terrapins did win eight of nine games, they were mostly beating up on weak nonconference foes and will be challenged by the better teams in the Big Ten. They can still do damage, but don’t expect them to outshoot anyone.