March Madness 2021: The Maryland Terrapins' potential path to the Final Four

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The Maryland Terrapins' potential path to the Final Four originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Maryland Terrapins are going dancing.

For the fifth time in the last six seasons, Mark Turgeon's squad is headed to the NCAA Tournament. This year it will be as a 10-seed in the East region, Maryland's lowest seed of any of their appearances under Turgeon.

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The Terps are set to square off with UConn, a team they've previously faced in March during their 2002 championship run. The Huskies are a formidable opponent as the 16th-best team in the country according to KenPom, by far the highest ranking of any of this year's 7-seeds.

UConn is led by star sophomore guard James Bouknight, and they also have big man Adama Sanogo, who very nearly committed to Maryland instead of the Huskies.

If Maryland advances, their path to the Final Four won't get any easier. The winner of Maryland-UConn will face the winner of Alabama-Iona. Alabama is led by rising star head coach Nate Oats and won both the SEC regular-season title and the SEC Tournament. Iona, meanwhile, is led by Rick Pitino, one of the most successful tournament coaches in college basketball history.

Elsewhere in the East region is a potential rematch for Maryland with both 1-seed Michigan (who swept the Terps) or 11-seed Michigan State (who the Terps swept). Florida State and Texas are the other big names in the region, and so is LSU who most recently knocked Maryland out of the tournament in 2019.

Georgetown is also in the East as a 12-seed, and though a matchup with Maryland would require several upsets from both teams, it would make for an incredible matchup between local rivals.

MARYLAND'S POTENTIAL PATH TO THE FINAL FOUR

First Round: No. 10 UConn

Second Round: No. 2 Alabama/No. 15 Iona

Sweet 16: No. 3 Texas (best seed)

Elite Eight: No. 1 Michigan (best seed)

All in all, Maryland's path to becoming a postseason Cinderella doesn't look easy. But if they manage to pull it off, it will make their run all that more special.