It's not March yet.
But bubble talk and the hand-wringing associated with it in College Park is nowhere to be found.
And it's not going to be.
Maryland, at 20-7 overall and 10-3 in the ACC, effectively extinguished nearly any lingering doubt about whether it will play in the NCAA tournament next month with last night's 88-79 defeat of Clemson.
It's still plausible, in a hypothetical sense, that Maryland could miss the tournament if it lost out. That huge game-changing, impossible-to-ignore victory wouldn't be there to save the Terps, and Maryland would have to take a loss at a fading Virginia team for that to happen.
But it is strictly hypothetical. Because at this stage, a collapse just doesn't seem like it is lurking around the corner. Strange as it sounds, a loss at Virginia doesn't seem to be lurking around the corner.
Would another victory remove all questions? Yep. But with how Maryland is playing, a few more wins leading into Selection Sunday feel as inevitable as an NCAA tournament invitation did for more than a decade.