Slide does number on Terps' chances

At 5-6 in the ACC, odds of NCAA bid are getting longer

February 16, 2006|By HEATHER A. DINICH | HEATHER A. DINICH,SUN REPORTER

The math required to calculate the weekly Rating Percentage Index for men's basketball is complicated enough to require a computer program to do the number crunching at the NCAA's headquarters in Indianapolis.

Maryland's place in the NCAA tournament equation, though, is quite simple -- the Terps are precariously close to not being in it.

GEORGIA TECH @MARYLAND

SATURDAY, 4 P.M., CH. 54, 1300 AM, 105.7 FM

Tumbling Terps

At this point in the season, the case for Maryland missing the NCAA tournament for a second straight season can easily be made:

5-6 record in the ACC during a season in which more than half the teams in the league are ranked worse than 50 in the Rating Percentage Index.

1-6 record against teams among the top 50 in RPI.

4-9 record against teams among the top 100 in RPI.

A 4-6 record in the past 10 games.

One win against a ranked opponent (then-No. 6 Boston College).

A road loss to Clemson, which ended the Tigers' five-game losing streak.

[ Heather A. Dinich]

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