By Sally Fahey
Maryland doesn’t play till Thursday, and if you’re filling out a bracket, it’s so easy to see those play-in matchups and automatically assume that the favorite will move on.
Especially if you’re filling out the bracket before the First Four in Dayton.
But you should know that a First Four team has won a first round game in every year since the field expanded to 68. Last year, Syracuse kept that streak going.
Belmont should beat Temple tomorrow night and face the Terps, either team in that First Four matchup will move on to the Round of 32.
Maryland is slumping with three losses in its past four and has virtually gotten no production from its bench in March.
A First Four team is going to win a game, and Maryland is the most vulnerable No. 6 seed in the field.