COLLEGE PARK, MD. (WJZ) — The Maryland Terrapins had hoped to be the second school to win the men’s and women’s championship in the same season.
They were however, disappointed. The Terps fell to the Tide 96-77.READ MORE: 22-Year-Old Man Dies After Being Shot In Head, Chest In NE Baltimore
— Mark Viviano (@MarkWJZ) March 23, 2021
Jaden Shackelford and Alabama stuck with what got them to the NCAA Tournament, torching Maryland with 3-point shooting in a 96-77 second-round rout on Monday night.
Shackelford scored 21 points and made five of Alabama’s 16 3-pointers as the second-seeded Crimson Tide advanced to their first Sweet 16 since 2004. It’s the first regional semifinal for Nate Oats, the second-year coach who made Buffalo a must-watch team before moving up to the Southeastern Conference.READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Most Of The Region Could See Severe Storm Sunday Evening
That’s hardly a coaching resume to rival Nick Saban’s, but Oats is building a hoops culture in football-mad Tuscaloosa.
After trailing early, the nation’s top 3-point shooting team quickly heated up to overwhelm the 10th-seeded Terrapins. Alabama next faces 11th-seeded UCLA in the East Region.
Aaron Wiggins scored 27 points and Eric Ayala had 13 for Maryland (17-14), which was seeking its first Sweet 16 appearance since 2015 and 15th overall. The Terps’ loss left Michigan as the only Big Ten team to survive the opening weekend after the conference earned nine NCAA bids.
Women’s Head Coach Brenda Frese and company have made it past Mount St. Mary’s. They’ve now won 14 in a row.
More AP college basketball, click here.
(© Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)