After defeating Niagara and Denver handily, and then eking out a nail-biter against top regional seed Alabama, Maryland has advanced to the Final Four of the NIT.
The Terps will finish their season where they began it—in New York City. Maryland opened against Kentucky in Brooklyn and will finish at Madison Square Garden.
While the NIT doesn't have nearly the same luster as the NCAA tournament does, Maryland fans must recognize that their squad hadn't even made the "lowly" NIT for two consecutive seasons.
Now, the Terps will face future BIg Ten rival Iowa in the semifinal, who knocked off ACC power Virginia to get to Manhattan.
Here are five keys for Maryland to proceed to the NIT final and face the winner of BYU and Baylor.