- The Washington Times - Monday, March 11, 2019

The Maryland Terrapins will be the highest seed in action on day two of the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago this year, as they narrowly missed out on having a double bye into the quarterfinals.

The top four seeds don’t have to play until the tournament’s third day of action. Michigan State, Purdue and Michigan locked up the first three seeds by Saturday. Wisconsin earned No. 4 in its regular-season finale Sunday, an overtime win at Ohio State.

Had the Badgers lost that close game instead, Maryland would have beaten them out in a tiebreaker for the No. 4.

Maryland will play about 2 p.m. Thursday, about a half-hour after the previous game ends. The Terrapins will have the winner of No. 12 Rutgers and No. 13 Nebraska.

Provided they advance, the Terrapins will face off with Wisconsin in the semis on Friday. The conference championship game follows on Saturday.

Here’s the full bracket:

Maryland is certain to make the NCAA Tournament’s field of 68 regardless of the outcome of the Big Ten Tournament. But an early exit might knock their seeding down a bit, while a run to the finals is likely to bolster it.

Maryland finished the regular season 22-9, 13-7 in the Big Ten.

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