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Terps fail to make NIT field

For Mark Turgeon, it's another disappointing season in College Park.
Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

The Maryland Terrapins obviously won't be going to the NCAA tournament, but they also won't be playing in the NIT.

Maryland was selected for last year's NIT, but surprisingly, the team did not hear it's name called for this year's event.

The Terps reached the semifinals in New York last year before falling to Iowa, who fell to Baylor in the title game.

While the team, coaches, staff and certainly the fans are very disappointed in the team's fourth straight season concluding without an NCAA tournament appearance, the NIT could have proven very beneficial for a number of Maryland's younger players.

It would have been invaluable experience and additional practice and game action for players like Roddy Peters and Damonte Dodd, as well as sophomores Seth Allen, Jake Layman, Shaquille Cleare and Charles Mitchell.

The same thing was said last season as well, but the loss of Alex Len negated that experience and the addition of Peters and Dodd.

The fact that Maryland couldn't even make the NIT field isn't necessarily a huge deal, but it just shows how far the program has really fallen. It's totally irrelevant at this point, which is even worse than it being bad.

In the past, the NIT selection committee would have been thrilled to put a big name like the Terps in their tournament. Now, the program just doesn't carry very much weight.

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