Maryland not selected to compete in 2014 NIT, season over

Maryland not selected to compete in 2014 NIT, season over
March 16, 2014, 8:45 pm
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The Maryland Terrapins will not participate in the 2014 NIT, it was revealed with the unveiling of the tournament’s bracket on Sunday evening.

Maryland did not decline an invitation to the tournament, Comcast SportsNet has confirmed. The Terrapins were not selected to compete. 

The above detail was first reported by Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post.

The Terrapins will also not compete in alternative tournaments like the CBI or CIT, officially bringing an end to their season.

"We're disappointed our season came to an end, considering we played some of our best basketball down the stretch," Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon said in a statement to CSN on Sunday. "I look forward to our coaching staff and players working hard to take the necessary steps to advance our program."

Turgeon led Maryland to a 17-15 overall record this season, including a 9-9 mark in ACC play. The Terrapins lost to Florida State on Thursday in the team’s opening game of the ACC tournament. That effectively ended the program’s 61-year run in the conference, as it will move to the Big Ten next season.

Florida State earned a No. 1 seed in the NIT and will play Tuesday against Florida Gulf Coast.

Maryland is the only team from last season’s NIT Final Four not to make the leap to the NCAA tournament this season. Iowa, BYU, and Baylor all earned at-large berths to the Big Dance on Sunday.

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