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By Heather A. Dinich and Heather A. Dinich,Sun reporter | January 4, 2007
College Park -- This wasn't what he expected. When Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams scheduled Iona - probably about a year ago - the Gaels were a 23-win, NCAA tournament team, champions of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. They appeared to be a program that would give the Terps a decent nonconference game and possibly help their strength of schedule come tournament selection time. Iona@Maryland Tonight, 8, Comcast SportsNet, 1300 AM, 105.7 FM
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By Jon Fogg and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
Loyola Maryland announced Thursday that it will play at Maryland next season in a rematch of the 2012 national title game, giving the Greyhounds' schedule a needed boost in the absence of perennial rival Johns Hopkins. The Greyhounds and Terps will meet on Wednesday, April 8 at Byrd Stadium in College Park, with the game time to be announced later. "In a year that we are scrimmaging Johns Hopkins and not playing them during the regular season, it was important to us to add a strong RPI and strength-of-schedule nonconference game," Loyola coach Charley Toomey said via email.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | October 22, 2002
Notre Dame started the college football season a curiosity item rather than a national championship contender. Now the Fighting Irish are both. With seven straight victories under new coach Tyrone Willingham, the Fighting Irish could figure significantly in the way the Bowl Championship Series will play out. Despite being ranked sixth in both the Associated Press media poll and the USA Today/CNN coaches' poll, Notre Dame found itself behind only Oklahoma...
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2013
For the second time in three weeks, a somewhat surprising loss dropped Maryland out of the top five in the latest Rating Percentage Index list - also known as RPI - released by the NCAA Monday evening. Friday's 13-6 setback to unranked Virginia (7-8) caused the Terps (9-3) to slip from No. 3 in RPI to No. 7. Maryland encountered a similar fall after losing to Johns Hopkins, 7-4, on April 13 and slipping from No. 4 to No. 8. Perhaps the only positive outcome from the loss to the Cavaliers was their move up to No. 20, which gives the Terps a fourth top 20 victory.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | February 28, 2004
The bubble. Those two words account for many sleepless nights these days for some college basketball coaches, players and fans whose teams have not quite accomplished enough to be guaranteed inclusion in this year's NCAA men's tournament. Some teams will play their way off this precipice and onto more solid ground between now and March 14, the day the 34 at-large bids will be announced. Some will merely slip and fall into an abyss, headed to the National Invitation Tournament. Here's a look at the teams that find themselves hanging on, some by more threads than others: Maryland: Double-digit losses are never something you want to put in front of the tournament's selection committee, but the 14-10 Terps have a strong RPI (34 according to collegerpi.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF | May 10, 2004
The criteria for selecting the 16-team field for the NCAA men's lacrosse tournament, which begins this weekend and culminates Memorial Day at M&T Bank Stadium, have not changed. Wins over highly ranked teams are important. Playing a tough schedule is vital. And losses, no matter to whom, don't factor into the equation at all. But the task of Chappy Menninger, the chairman of the committee that will unveil the 16-team bracket this afternoon, is anything but routine. Traditional tournament-caliber teams Duke, Hofstra, Loyola and Massachusetts have faltered.
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By MIKE PRESTON | May 4, 2009
The Loyola Greyhounds can complain all they want about not making the 16-team NCAA Division I lacrosse tournament, but they shouldn't. They don't have anyone to blame but themselves. The 2009 season was one of near misses for Loyola (9-5), a team that couldn't get over the proverbial hump. Entering the selection committee meeting Sunday night, Loyola and Brown were fighting for the final playoff berth, and it basically came down to which team had the most wins against teams in the field.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,edward.lee@baltsun.com | May 5, 2009
The Loyola men's lacrosse team has picked up a supporter in its displeasure with being left out of the 16-team NCAA tournament: Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala. While praising the quality of the bracket, Pietramala questioned the selection committee's decision to emphasize significant wins over strength of schedule. "It's obvious that the criteria that this committee used is different than the committee that had been together for the previous two or three years, and it's something that our sport needs to address in terms of consistency," he said.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | October 27, 1998
There's a new poll, a new No. 1 and some new math for gridiron-ologists to digest as college football marches on to the bowl season and, presumably, an undisputed national champion.The Bowl Championship Series has released its first rankings and UCLA is No. 1.So far, Ohio State may have won the hearts and minds, as well as the top ranking of media members and coaches in their respective polls, but the Buckeyes apparently do not interface well with computers.Each of the three computer services used in the BCS formula -- including the New York Times ranking -- chose the Bruins No. 1 over Ohio State.
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September 10, 1999
EastArizona CardinalsLast season: 9-7, second. Lost divisional playoff game at Minnesota, 41-21.Coach: Vince Tobin (20-28), fourth season with Cardinals.Strength of schedule: Tie for fourth.Starting quarterback: Jake Plummer (12-13).Best move: Drafting WR David Boston and OT L.J. Shelton with first-round picks, further enhancing Plummer's passing game. Not signing Shelton early negated that move, however.Toughest call: Letting OT Lomas Brown, LB Jamir Miller and FB Larry Centers go in free agency for salary-cap considerations.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2013
Johns Hopkins' 7-4 victory over Maryland not only snapped a stretch in which the team had lost three of its last four games, but it also moved the program into the top 20 of the most recent Rating Percentage Index list - also known as RPI - released by the NCAA on Tuesday morning. The Blue Jays (7-4) climbed to No. 16 from No. 22 as they added the win over the Terps (8-2), who dropped from No. 4 to No. 8. Johns Hopkins, which has victories over No. 23 Virginia (5-7) and No. 28 Towson (7-6)
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2013
The NCAA released its first Rating Percentage Index - also known as RPI - and Maryland opens the list at No. 4. The Terps (8-1) have two top 10 wins (based on RPI) against No. 6 Duke (9-4) and No. 10 Loyola (9-2). Maryland trails only No. 1 Notre Dame (9-3), No. 2 Denver (9-2) and No. 3 Penn (6-3). The Fighting Irish have two top five victories over Denver and No. 5 North Carolina, three more top 10 wins against Duke, No. 8 Penn State and No. 9 Ohio State, and one more top 20 victory over No. 19 Hofstra.
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By Edward Lee | May 7, 2012
Straight from the “What else is new” department, Penn State was severely disappointed by the selection committee's decision to exclude the Nittany Lions from the 16-team NCAA tournament, which was unveiled late Sunday night. And 12 hours after that news dropped, coach Jeff Tambroni still had questions about his team's omission. “Usually, you finish games, and you can pinpoint a couple reasons why you didn't have success - whether it was faceoffs or groundballs or shooting or defense.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,edward.lee@baltsun.com | May 5, 2009
The Loyola men's lacrosse team has picked up a supporter in its displeasure with being left out of the 16-team NCAA tournament: Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala. While praising the quality of the bracket, Pietramala questioned the selection committee's decision to emphasize significant wins over strength of schedule. "It's obvious that the criteria that this committee used is different than the committee that had been together for the previous two or three years, and it's something that our sport needs to address in terms of consistency," he said.
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By MIKE PRESTON | May 4, 2009
The Loyola Greyhounds can complain all they want about not making the 16-team NCAA Division I lacrosse tournament, but they shouldn't. They don't have anyone to blame but themselves. The 2009 season was one of near misses for Loyola (9-5), a team that couldn't get over the proverbial hump. Entering the selection committee meeting Sunday night, Loyola and Brown were fighting for the final playoff berth, and it basically came down to which team had the most wins against teams in the field.
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By Heather A. Dinich and Heather A. Dinich,Sun reporter | January 4, 2007
College Park -- This wasn't what he expected. When Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams scheduled Iona - probably about a year ago - the Gaels were a 23-win, NCAA tournament team, champions of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. They appeared to be a program that would give the Terps a decent nonconference game and possibly help their strength of schedule come tournament selection time. Iona@Maryland Tonight, 8, Comcast SportsNet, 1300 AM, 105.7 FM
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | December 21, 2004
The season that got away from them still can be saved, but now the Ravens need to be more than good - they also need to be lucky. The Ravens can win their final two games and still not qualify for the AFC playoffs. They could - if you believe the tangle of playoff scenarios - lose in Pittsburgh on Sunday and still make it. But that's the longest of long shots. This is what the 2004 season has come to in Baltimore - a must-win grudge match against the 13-1 Steelers and a Jan. 2 date with the 3-11 Miami Dolphins.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | March 16, 2003
As a basketball coach at East Tennessee State, and later as coach and athletic director at North Carolina State, Les Robinson had certain notions about how the NCAA tournament selection committee operated. "I had this vision ... that they sat behind closed doors in smoke-filled rooms and said, `We've got to get the big names in there,' " Robinson, now athletic director at The Citadel, recalled recently. "I believed that [major] conferences got X number [of bids]. I just believed they'd say, `The ACC is short one.' I believed that.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | December 21, 2004
The season that got away from them still can be saved, but now the Ravens need to be more than good - they also need to be lucky. The Ravens can win their final two games and still not qualify for the AFC playoffs. They could - if you believe the tangle of playoff scenarios - lose in Pittsburgh on Sunday and still make it. But that's the longest of long shots. This is what the 2004 season has come to in Baltimore - a must-win grudge match against the 13-1 Steelers and a Jan. 2 date with the 3-11 Miami Dolphins.
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