The Washington Times - February 24, 2009, 09:33PM

Another day, another resume comparison.

Maryland, obviously, doesn’t play until tomorrow, so the Terps’ numbers didn’t change much.

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But the mystery team always changes, which makes things interesting.

Really interesting, actually, with this data courtesy of collegerpi.com

TeamMarylandMystery 
Record17-923-6
RPI5446
SOS30115
Noncon. SOS
138150
Top-503-71-0
100+9-114-2
Best wins
H: UNC (3)
N: Michigan St.  (5) 
H: RPI Nos. 29, 52
Bad losses
H: Morgan St. (149)
H: No. 127
A: No. 144
Road1-57-4
Road + Neutral 
3-79-4

The obvious: The mystery team has an advantage in overall record, but clearly plays in an inferior league. It hasn’t played a top-50 team on the road, and built its gaudy record at the expense of some mediocre-to-worse teams.

At the same time, this bunch has won on the road, has a similar nonconference schedule strength as Maryland and owns a moderately better RPI.

Nevertheless, it’s anyone’s guess how good the mystery team really is. With only one game against a top-50 opponent, it’s tough to say just how well it would do against a stronger schedule.

If one spot came down to these two teams as of today, Maryland would hold a slight edge over the anonymous team – which happens to be Missouri Valley leader Creighton. That’s not to say the Bluejays might not become a viable at-large possibility if they stumble late in the conference tournament; it’s just that they don’t have quite enough going for them to get selected over a mid-pack ACC team at this stage.

Patrick Stevens