BU (which beat Maryland) clinches Patriot League title

BU (which beat Maryland) clinches Patriot League title
March 1, 2014, 4:30 pm
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Terps signee Trimble ready for McDonald's game

(Jim O'Conner-USA TODAY Sports)

Back in December when Boston University beat Maryland, 83-77, at Comcast Center, you'd have thought the sky was falling.

That defeat marked Maryland's third loss in five games, which also included a blowout loss to Ohio State and a close loss to George Washington.

By scheduling both GW and BU within the span of two weeks, the Terrapins gave themselves an opportunity for two wins over quality mid-majors. The problem was, you had to get the wins first.

It looked bad back then, but we tried to tell you that it wasn't. With BU's win on Saturday, they are now regular season champions of the Patriot League, two games ahead of second-place American. Here's where the shameless reminder comes in:

Granted, the regular season title doesn't mean they'll be headed dancing. The Patriot League will be a one-bid league, so whoever wins the conference tournament will get an automatic bid and will be its lone representative.

The benefit for BU, though, is that the conference tournament must now run through them.

If they are able to secure the automatic, there should be cause for worry any high-major program that might have to meet the Terriers in the early rounds. BU has a quality ball-control point guard, Maurice Watson, and a scoring-minded shooting guard, D.J. Irving. 

And though undersized, forward Dom Morris is a pain to guard on the interior.

Could that be a recipe for an NCAA upset? We'll see if they can make it into the tournament first.

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