Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Maryland Terrapins forward Bruno Fernando (23).
- No. 21 Maryland jumped out to a great start this season and has hung in with some of college basketball's best teams so far.
- With three Big Ten tests on the horizon, it may be a good time to bet the 100-1 Terrapins to win the national championship.
We’ve witnessed uber-talented Maryland teams falter in NCAA tournament under Mark Turgeon.
Whether it was the Terrapins’ Round of 32 loss to West Virginia in 2015, a second-half meltdown against Kansas in the Sweet 16 a year later or a first-round loss to Xavier in 2017, they’ve represented an underachiever that couldn’t wiggle past college basketball’s normally upper-echelon programs.
Are these Terrapins any different?
No. 21 Maryland has amassed a 17-5 outright record with a 12-9-1 mark against the spread, en route to generating 70-1 national title odds in early December.
But following consecutive losses before knocking off Northwestern on Tuesday, Turgeon’s unit saw its future odds dip to triple figures at most offshores site while sitting at 80-1 on our consensus sportsbook within The Action Network App. They’re 100-1 at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, too.
The program has dropped to roughly a No. 5 seed in March Madness on Bracket Matrix, which merges countless bracket projections. Let’s dissect the Terps’ national title futures value, as they face a critical juncture in their schedule with No. 24 Wisconsin, Nebraska, No. 17 Purdue, No. 5 Michigan and Iowa all on-deck.
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Maryland owns eight combined wins in quadrants one and two, including victories over Wisconsin and Hofstra in College Park. It has racked up a pair of tight losses to Virginia at home and Purdue on the road, too, before being dealt a 14-point blow at Michigan State.