The Owls are who’s who for the Relegation Table
For the first time since 1968, the Maryland men’s basketball team has started the season with back-to-back losses. At 10-12 overall, the Terrapins are in the midst of a 2-4 dip that has coach Mark Turgeon (no relation to Tribune columnist Michael] at least partly to blame for his job security — his single-year option is guaranteed through the 2021-22 season, but he’s led the program to three consecutive losing seasons. In a way, that’s not all bad news for the NCAA tournament’s little engine that could; the Terps still could end up with a top-30 RPI with a 9-11 record in the Big Ten.
Those wins will come at a price, though: Maryland has missed the NCAA tournament eight of the past 10 years. If it does go down, Thursday night’s win against Duke will be remembered as the moment the Terps caught a break. Two weeks ago, the Blue Devils (17-7, 6-5) beat the Terps in Maryland’s house, and the Terps lost both home games since then. (They lost the only game they played in the Big Ten, too, to Penn State, which is 15-8 overall and 5-6 in the conference.)
Michael Jordan didn’t say it would all fall apart for the Terps on Wednesday night, but the moon did.
One new Big Ten member is already lurking in the TempoZone.