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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Mountaineers prepared to face Maryland in the NCAA Tournament opener

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The West Virginia men’s basketball team received a nine seed in the 2023 NCAA Tournament and will face eight seed Maryland in the First Round. The Mountaineers enter the Big Dance with a 19-14 record, while the Terrapins are 21-12 and finished sixth in the Big Ten Conference.

These two regional rivals haven’t faced off since 2015, when WVU defeated UMD by double digits in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. The Mountaineers have won the last three meetings and own the all-time record, 24-14, but the Terps won the only previous game that was played in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1984.

This matchup will be the first game in the Round of 64 and will tip off at 12:15 p.m. ET on CBS.


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