BoD East Region- First Round #4 Maryland vs #13 Belmont

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Who wins this East Regional 1st Round matchup?

Poll closed Mar 30, 2020.
  1. 4 Maryland

    83.3%
  2. 13 Belmont

    16.7%
  1. EvilMonkeyInTheCloset

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    #4 Maryland Terrapins (24-7, 14-6)

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    Big Ten (t1st)
    Off- 71.8 ppg / Def- 64.5 ppg
    NCAA Appearances- 28 (Last: 2019)

    Top Scorers:
    Anthony Cowan Jr. 16.3 ppg
    Jalen Smith 15.5 ppg
    Aaron Wiggins 10.4 ppg
    Darryl Morsell 8.5 ppg
    Eric Ayala 8.5 ppg

    #13 Belmont Bruins (26-7, 15-3)

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    Ohio Valley (t1st)
    Conf. tourney champs
    Off- 79.6 ppg / Def- 67.9 ppg
    NCAA Appearances- 8 (Last: 2019)

    Top Scorers:
    Adam Kunkel 16.5 ppg
    Nick Muszynski 15.3 ppg
    Tyler Scanlon 12.5 ppg
    Grayson Murphy 9.8 ppg
    Nick Hopkins 5.6 ppg


    A roller coaster season for the Terrapins that saw them race out to a 10-0 start and then do a couple somersaults into a nail-biting 2-3 record down the stretch, still saw them claim a share of their first-ever Big Ten Conference regular season title. Despite making their fans sweat it out, the Fighting Turgeons ended the season with the best overall record in the deepest conference in the country this past year. Led by potential draft picks Anthony Cowan Jr (16.3 ppg) and Jalen Smith (15.5), this Terrapin team was a threat to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.

    It was back-to-back OVC championships for the Bruins, which would've given them their 9th trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2006. What's even more impressive is the youth that this team possesses, which bodes well for the future for 1st-year Head Coach Casey Alexander's program. Leading scorers Adam Kunkel (16.5 ppg) and Nick Muszynski (15.3 ppg) are just sophomores. Only Boston University-transfer Tyler Scanlon is the lone senior in that top 5. Also, whoever would've drawn these pesky Bruins would be getting a team playing at their peak, as they enter the Bracket of Doom winners of their last 12 games in a row.
     
    1 EvilMonkeyInTheCloset, Mar 28, 2020
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