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Jon Rothstein: "Vastly Forgotten" Maryland Could Make Deep Tournament Run

March 19, 2019 - 9:17 am
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By Joe Schiller

Play-in games kick off tonight but we’re just two days away from the official start of March Madness.

Maryland sits as the No. 6 seed in the East Region and awaits the winner of No. 11 seeds Belmont and Temple.

The Terps suffered a disappointing end to the regular season but CBS Sports College Basketball Insider Jon Rothstein is high on Mark Turgeon’s squad heading into the tournament.

“I think Maryland is vastly forgotten because of the way they played in the Big 10 tournament,” Rothstein said on Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take Podcast. “Matt Painter told me a couple weeks ago he thought aside from Purdue, Michigan or Michigan State, he thought Maryland could make the deepest run in the NCAA Tournament.”

That’s high praise, considering many will have Maryland losing in the first round.

The veteran leadership of junior point guard Anthony Cowan (16 ppg) and sophomore center Bruno Fernando (13.7 ppg, 10.4 rpg), Maryland can make a run in the tournament.

That likely means getting past No. 3 seed LSU and No. 2 seed Michigan State to reach the Elite Eight. If it were to happen, that would set up a potential matchup against former ACC rival Duke in the Elite Eight in Washington D.C.

Imagine the hype around that game.

Rothstein does have Maryland losing that game to Duke but an Elite Eight appearance with one of the youngest rosters in college basketball would be a resounding success.