The Washington Times - February 16, 2009, 08:21PM

Filed a dead-tree edition story a few hours ago on Maryland’s chances for an NCAA tournament berth at this stage, and consulted with CollegeRPI.com’s Jerry Palm on the subject.

Certainly, the Terrapins have some work to do. But at least they’ve earned a place in the discussion, which seemed like a rather ludicrous notion when Maryland fell to 13-7 and 2-4 in the ACC on Jan. 27.

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So you can read more about Palm’s take on the Terps tomorrow.

But I also asked him about Georgetown, which happens to be stuck on that 13-win mark Maryland was at three weeks ago.

The Hoyas, who are 3-9 since the last time the ball dropped in Times Square, probably aren’t even a bubble team at this stage.

But it’s much more effective when Palm says it than me. And so he did as he vetted the Hoyas’ remaining league schedule.

“South Florida, St. John’s, DePaul, you lose any of those and you can start packing for the NIT,” Palm said. “They’re already 4-8 in the league. They’re in trouble. Even with another good win, that’s four of six and is trouble. They might be able to lose to Marquette, Louisville or Villanova, but they can’t lose two of those three.”

As for that NIT talk, look at the bright side; the Hoyas are a projected No. 1 seed at this stage according to the Bracket Project, though the prospect of getting Maynored in the first round can’t warm the hearts of any Georgetown fans.

Patrick Stevens