Top-seeded Alabama will face the Maryland Terrapins in the Round of 32 of the 2023 NCAA Tournament after a dominating victory in the first round on Thursday. Alabama won the previous meeting between the two teams in the second round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament by a score of 96-77.
Alabama is ranked No. The No. 1 seed in the 2023 NCAA Tournament began play on Thursday by defeating the No. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, a 16-seed, will play in the Round of 32 for the first time since the 2020-21 season. The SEC regular season and tournament champions of 2022–23, the Crimson Tide are currently 30-5 overall with a 16-2 record in conference play.
The Crimson Tide’s offense, led by head coach Nate Oats, is currently averaging 82.2 points per game, ranking No. 6 across the country, while also allowing opponents 68.5 PPG. Additionally, the Crimson Tide are the nation’s No. 1 team in total and defensive rebounds, and they have a talented roster that includes Brandon Miller, Mark Sears, Noah Clowney, Charles Bediako, and Jahvon Quinerly, the SEC Co-Sixth Man of the Year, among others.
a Maryland, a The 8th-seeded team in the South Region opened the 2023 NCAA Tournament on Thursday by defeating the No. West Virginia, a 9-seed, will reach the Round of 32 for the first time since that same 2021–22 season. This season, the Terrapins are 22-12 overall and 11-9 in Big Ten play during the regular season.
The Terrapins, coached by Kevin Willard, are one of the best defensive teams in the Big Ten, allowing only 63.2 points per game. On offense, they average 70.3 points per game, led by guard Jahmir Young, who averages 15.9 points per game. Hakim Hart, Donta Scott, and Julian Reese are the other three Maryland players with double-digit scoring totals. Donald Carey and Ian Martinez are other well-known Terrapins players.