Number Crunch: Maryland vs. NCAA tournament teams

Number Crunch: Maryland vs. NCAA tournament teams
March 17, 2014, 1:15 pm
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Maryland’s 2013-14 season is over. After not being selected to the NIT field, the Terrapins will also not compete in the CBI or CIT.

But how did Maryland fare against the NCAA tournament field, the 68 teams that begin play this week? Take a look at the numbers below.

Maryland played 14 games against teams that qualified for the NCAA tournament. Six of those games were in the non-conference portion of the schedule and eight were during conference play. Overall, they were 4-10.

The Terrapins were a combined 3-3 against non-conference opponents bound for the NCAAs. Among those are wins against Providence, North Carolina Central, and Tulsa. The losses came against Ohio State, George Washington, and Connecticut.

Average margin of victory (PC, NCCU, Tulsa): 9.67 points/game

Average margin of defeat (OSU, GW, UConn): 6.33 points/game

In the ACC slate, Maryland was 1-7 against NCAA tournament opponents. The lone win came in the regular-season finale against No. 5 Virginia, a team that had already clinched the regular-season ACC title and could go on to win the ACC tournament title.

The seven losses came to Virginia, NC State, North Carolina, Duke, and Syracuse (all once). Maryland also lost to Pittsburgh twice.

Average margin of victory (Virginia): 6.0 points/game

Average margin of defeat (Virginia, NCSU, Duke, Syracuse, Pitt): 9.5 points/game

But it’s not all as bad as it looks. Head coach Mark Turgeon has called this season one of the strangest he has ever been through as a coach. The season included seven losses by four points or less, including those losses to Duke and Syracuse.

“I’m a lucky guy. I’m really blessed,” Turgeon said after his team’s loss to Florida State in the ACC tournament. “I usually get the right bounce. I’m the guy that gets the bounce. I’m the guy that banks the shot in. I’m that guy and this year I haven’t been that guy.”

Even before knowing that his season was over last week, he tried to end on a positive note.

“My time is coming. We’re going to win,” he said. “We’re going to keep doing what we believe in and we’re going to get this thing rolling at a high level.”

[RELATED: Meet all 68 teams in the 2014 NCAA tournament]