- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Maryland Terrapins have secured a first-round bye and are locked into the No. 8 seed of the Big Ten Conference tournament. They’ll play their first game Thursday, March 1 at noon Eastern against the No. 9 seed.

As Big Ten Network researchers first pointed out, Maryland cannot move either up or down in the conference tournament seeding during the final week of the regular season.

The Terrapins’ 71-64 victory Monday over Northwestern was their eighth Big Ten game of the year and therefore cannot fall below Northwestern or Wisconsin, both 6-10 in league play at the moment.

However, even if Maryland upsets Michigan in its final regular season game, the best the team can finish in conference play is 9-9, and will not win tiebreakers against nine-win teams Penn State or Indiana due to head-to-head performance.

Maryland is the first team to be locked into its conference tournament seed so far.

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