The Washington Times - February 24, 2009, 08:55AM

Is Maryland a sure-fire NCAA tournament team? Nope. Still too much work to do.

Would the Terps be in if the season ended today? Quite possibly.

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There’s arguments for and against. But at this stage, Maryland is on the right side of the line for the pool of candidates for postseason inclusion.

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh solidified its grasp on a No. 1 seed over the last week, which has to make the committee happy. It would be ideal if a No. 1 seed landed in play-in game home Dayton for the first weekend, and the Panthers look like the surest best of anyone to earn the honor of facing the last team into the round of 64.

A full bracket rundown:

EAST REGION

Dayton, Ohio

(1) BIG EAST/Pittsburgh vs. (16) SWAC/Alabama State-ATLANTIC SUN/Jacksonville
(8) Arizona vs. (9) Florida

Boise, Idaho

(4) Purdue vs. (13) CAA/Virginia Commonwealth
(5) ATLANTIC 10/Xavier vs, (12) Oklahoma State

Minneapolis

(3) Louisville vs. (14) SUMMIT/North Dakota State
(6) Texas vs. (11) South Carolina

Greensboro, N.C.

(2) Duke vs. (15) SOUTHLAND/Stephen F. Austin”
(7) UCLA vs. (10) Brigham Young

SOUTH REGION

Greensboro, N.C.

(1) ACC/North Carolina vs. (16) OHIO VALLEY/UT Martin
(8) HORIZON/Butler vs. (9) Wisconsin

Portland, Ore.

(4) Marquette vs. (13) SOUTHERN/Davidson
(5) PAC-10/Washington vs. (12) Kentucky

Minneapolis

(3) Missouri vs. (14) BIG SKY/Weber State
(6) West Virginia vs. (11) Maryland

Dayton, Ohio

(2) BIG TEN/Michigan State vs. (15) NORTHEAST/Robert Morris
(7) California vs. (10) WAC/Utah State

MIDWEST REGION

Kansas City, Mo.

(1) Oklahoma vs. (16) BIG WEST/Long Beach State
(8) Dayton vs. (9) Boston College

Portland, Ore.

(4) Arizona State vs. (13) SUN BELT/Western Kentucky
(5) Illinois vs. (12) UNLV

Miami

(3) Clemson vs. (14) MAC/Buffalo
(6) SEC/Louisiana State vs. (11) MAAC/Siena

Philadelphia

(2) Villanova vs. (15) BIG SOUTH/Radford
(7) MOUNTAIN WEST/Utah vs. (10) Minnesota

WEST REGION

Philadelphia

(1) Connecticut vs. (16) MEAC/Morgan State
(8) Ohio State vs. (9) Texas A&M

Boise, Idaho

(4) Wake Forest vs. (13) PATRIOT/American
(5) WCC/Gonzaga vs. (12) MVC/Creighton

Kansas City, Mo.

(3) BIG 12/Kansas vs. (14) AMERICA EAST/Vermont
(6) Florida State vs. (11) Penn State

Miami

(2) CONFERENCE USA/Memphis vs. (15) IVY/Cornell
(7) Syracuse vs. (10) Tennessee

Last four in:  UNLV, Penn State, Oklahoma State, Maryland
Last four out:
 Kansas State, Michigan, Cincinnati, Southern California
Next four out:
  Miami, San Diego State, Virginia Tech, Saint Mary’s

Multi-bid leagues: Big East (7), ACC (7), Big Ten (7), Big 12 (6), Pac-10 (5), SEC (5), Mountain West (3), A-10 (2)

Moving in: Jacksonville, Maryland, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, UNLV, Vermont
Moving out:
Belmont, Binghamton, Cincinnati, San Diego State, Southern California, Virginia Tech

Patrick Stevens