Congrats to the University of Maryland Terrapins men’s basketball team.
They made it to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. That was a close one too. The Terrapins were one of the bubble teams.
Terps to face No. 7 seed California Thursday in Kansas City
March 15, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland men’s basketball team will make its 23rd appearance in the NCAA Tournament when the Terrapins face the California Golden Bears on Thursday in a first-round game in Kansas City.
The Terps (20-12) earned the 10th seed in the West Regional, while the Golden Bears (22-10) are the seventh seed. Tipoff is set for approximately 2:55 p.m. ET from the Sprint Center.
The winner of the Maryland-Cal matchup will advance to Saturday’s second round and face the winner of the game between second-seeded Memphis and 15th-seeded Cal State Northridge. That game will tip off at either 3:30 or 5:50 p.m. ET.
The West Regional semifinals are scheduled to be played on Thursday, March 26 in University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
The Terps, who watched the selection show in the team lounge in Comcast Center, didn’t have to wait long to hear their name called.
“I was glad it was the second region,” Maryland head coach Gary Williams said. “It got tough in there. We saw Arizona’s name go up (as a No. 12 seed) and you never know.”
Maryland was likely helped by its performance in the ACC Tournament. The Terps advanced to the semifinals by defeating NC State in the opening round and upending No. 9 Wake Forest in the quarterfinals.
Fear the turtle!!!
Congrats go out to the American University Eagles. The Eagles won the Patriot League title last Friday and they will play Villanova in Philadelphia.
Seasoned Eagles Could Cook Up a Victory
American Players, Coach Say Experience in Last Year’s Tourney Will Help This Year’s Squad
By Steven Goff
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, March 16, 2009
The Tavern, the prime gathering place in the heart of American University’s campus for the announcement of the NCAA tournament pairings last night, was jammed with players, the pep band, students just returning from spring break, alumni and cheerleaders.
Half the field had already been unveiled when senior guard Derrick Mercer, sitting on a couch with teammates in front of a giant television, turned to Frank Borden and Jordan Nichols.
“I was talking on the side with them and said: ‘You know what? I’ve got a feeling we are getting Villanova,’ ” Mercer said. “Jordan felt it as well. And when Villanova popped on the screen, I was like, ‘Here we go!’ ”
The Eagles did, indeed, hear their name called next — the No. 14 seed in the East Region paired with the third-seeded Wildcats in what will amount to a home game for Villanova at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia.
American has one of the better travel arrangements in the 65-team field: a 136-mile bus ride from 3,100-seat Bender Arena to the 21,600-seat arena on South Broad Street. But that’s nothing compared with the itinerary for Villanova, whose campus and primary home arena, the Pavilion, is only about 20 miles away.
Congrats also go out to the University of Maryland Lady Terrapins. The Lady Terrapins earned a No. 1 seed in the Women’s NCAA Basketball Tournament.
Maryland to Face 16th-Seeded Dartmouth Sunday at Comcast Center
March 16, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland earned a No. 1 seed in the Raleigh Region of the 2009 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, the NCAA announced on Monday, and will take on the 16th-seeded Ivy League champions from Dartmouth College on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET at Comcast Center.
Maryland (28-4, 12-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) claimed both the ACC regular-season and tournament titles in 2009 for the first time in 20 years. The Terrapins will enter NCAA play as a No. 1 seed for the third time in school history and for the second straight year.