ORLANDO, Fla. - The No. 6 seed Maryland men's basketball team will face No. 11 Xavier on Thursday at 6:50 p.m. in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. The game will air live on TNT.
• Maryland is making its third consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament and will face No. 11 seed Xavier on Thursday in Orlando. The Terps advanced to their first Sweet Sixteen since 2003 a year ago.
• Junior guard Melo Trimble - a First Team All-Big Ten selection - is one of 15 Terps to earn all-conference recognition three times and the first player to do so since Greivis Vasquez. The Upper Marlboro, Md., native notched his 30th double-figure scoring performance of the season vs. Northwestern and his 21st consecutive. The junior guard now sits at No. 13 in career scoring at Maryland with 1,645 points. He recorded his 500th made career free throw and 400th career assist in the Big Ten quarterfinals last week. Trimble is averaging 17.8 points per game in his previos five tournament contests.
• Maryland’s freshman class continues to shine. Anthony Cowan boasts a team-high 39 steals and is eighth all-time in single season assists (118) for a freshman at Maryland. Justin Jackson leads the Terps on the glass, averaging 6.1 rebounds per game, and is seventh all-time in single season rebounds (196) for a freshman at Maryland, topping 2016 Associated Press Big Ten Freshman of the Year Diamond Stone (187). In addition, fellow rookie Kevin Huerter has started all 32 games for the Terps and scored 19 points vs. Northwestern the last time out.
• Maryland is making its 27th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and 21st postseason appearance in the last 24 years. The Terps have advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen eight times in the last 22 years, including consecutive trips to the NCAA Final Four in 2001 and 2002. The Terps captured the NCAA National Championship in 2002.
• Maryland is 41-25 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, including 11 consecutive appearances from 1994 – 2004. The Terps have won at least one game in 12 straight NCAA appearances dating back to 1998. Maryland has played against nine teams in this year’s NCAA Tournament field (Wisconsin, Northwestern, Minnesota, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Jacksonville State) and are 7-4 in games against those teams. Maryland is 2-0 against Xavier all-time including a 77-64 win in the 2003 NCAA Tournament.
• Head coach Mark Turgeon has guided the Terps to three consecutive 24-plus win regular season performances. He is the first coach in Maryland men’s basketball history to lead three teams to 24 or more victories in the regular season. This is his 12th career postseason appearance and his eighth in the NCAA Tournament.