Location: College Park, MD

Conference: Big Ten

Mascot: Terrapins

Coach: Mark Turgeon

Record: 27-6 (14-4 Big Ten)

Kenpom ranking: 33

Good wins (Kenpom ranking): Wisconsin (3) Iowa State (13) Michigan State x 2 (17)

Bad losses (Kenpom ranking): @ Illinois (65) @ Indiana (53)

Tournament appearances: 24 (most recent: 2010)

Best result: Champions (2002)

NBA alumni: Alex Len, Steve Blake and Steve Francis

Best name: Spencer Barks (good dog!)

Famous alumni: Larry David, Jim Henson and Google co-founder Sergey Brin

Maryland's transition to the Big Ten went swimmingly: Behind a rowdy and well-rehearsed student section, the Terrapins swept their Big Ten home slate, finished second in the league and made the conference semifinals. That was more than enough to get the Terps to their first NCAA Tournament since 2010. Life is easy without UNC and Duke and all those guys!

Style of play: Tall turtles

The Terps had the best defense in Big Ten play, one of two teams to allow less than a point of possession on average. It helps that the Terps are tall -- their average height of 6'6.6 is a) Satanic and b) eighth-tallest in college hoops. Offense is a three-man show: Dez Wells and Melo Trimble have a lightning-and-thunder going in the backcourt, Wells bringing power and Trimble bringing quickness, and center Jake Layman is a nice shooter for his size. Nobody else particularly matters.

Key player: Fine and Melo

Trimble -- full name "Romelo," but how would you expect a kid from the DMV not to shorten that -- is the lightning-quick point guard for the Terps. Oh, he's a fine passer, but I think you'd be best served by watching him make a Michigan State player fall on his butt, then drilling a three.


It's a Big Ten tradition the night before the teams play, the teams' student managers play on the same court, a cool way to reward them for their hard work. Maryland's student manager team has a bit of an unfair advantage though --they have Juan Dixon, 2002 Final Four Most Outstanding Player, who serves as Mark Turgeon's "special assistant." The Washington Post reports Dixon claims his name is "Jake" before games.