HOUSTON - MARCH 28: Detail of basketballs before the third round game of the South Regional between the Stanford Cardinal and the Texas Longhorns as part of 2008 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Reliant Stadium on March 28, 2008 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- In its first foray into the NCAA women's tournament, Quinnipiac didn't take a bus trip south from Connecticut just to practice in a huge arena and serve as fodder for the home team.
No, the 13th-seeded Bobcats are intent upon beating No. 4 seed Maryland on Saturday. They've even outlined the manner in which the first-round upset will occur.
Quinnipiac (30-2) expects to use its depth to wear down the Terrapins (24-7) and utilize its ball-hawking ability to force free-wheeling Maryland into a slew of turnovers.
The Bobcats hope to duplicate the success of Marist, which faces No. 5 seed Michigan State (24-8) in the second game Saturday. Marist (26-6), a mid-major school, reached the round of 16 in 2007 and won first-round games in 2009, 2011 and 2012.