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Local teams load up NCAA Tournament field

For the second straight season, the Maryland Terrapins have claimed the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. They headline a group of four local teams in the NCAA tournament.

The Terps are 12-3 after beating the Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday to win their second straight Big Ten Championship. Maryland will be making their 40th NCAA Tournament appearance and NCAA-best 15th straight strip into the tournament.

Maryland will play the winner the tournament’s play-in game between MAAC Champion Monmouth and NEC Champion Bryant on Sunday, May 14 at 2:30 pm at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium.

Maryland is the top seed for the seventh time. It is the second time under head coach John Tillman. Under Tillman, they have gone to five NCAA semifinals and four national title games.

Should Maryland advance past their first round opponent they would play the winner of eight-seeded Albany and the defending champion North Carolina Tar Heels at Delaware Stadium in Newark, Delaware on Sunday, May 21.

The Terps’ Big Ten rival Johns Hopkins earned the No. 6 seed in the tournament and will host Duke on Saturday, May 13 at 2:30 pm at Homewood Field. Johns Hopkins is 8-6 on the head and earned their NCAA record 45th tournament appearance.

Johns Hopkins earned wins over tournament participants Loyola, North Carolina and Penn State this year. Johns Hopkins have met six times in the NCAA Tournament, and five times since 2005. Johns Hopkins is 12-6 all-time against Duke and they are 3-3 against each other in the NCAA Tournament.

The Blue Jays could potentially face Charles Street rival Loyola in the second round at James M. Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, New York on Saturday, May 20. The Greyhounds got the automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament as the Patriot League tournament champions. They will first travel to play No. 3 Ohio State on Sunday, May 14 at 5 pm. The Buckeyes were runners-up in the Big Ten, both during the regular season and the tournament.

Towson also earned an automatic qualifier into the NCAA Tournament after winning their third straight CAA Championship. The Tigers will travel to play seventh-seeded Penn State in the first round on Saturday, May 12. That game will face off at noon.

At the Division III level, Stevenson secured a berth to their ninth straight NCAA tournament by winning their fifth straight MAC Commonwealth Championship. The Mustangs will host Empire 8 champion Nazareth on Wednesday at Mustangs Stadium in their second round game. Steventon is in a pod that also features RIT, which will play the winner of a game between John Carroll and Albion.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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