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The Maryland men’s basketball team proved its ready for its closeup Tuesday, and it’s a good thing, because the spotlight will be on the Terrapins for the next month.

Maryland and Notre Dame’s men’s basketball teams will be featured in a 90-minute Showtime special that airs at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 18, the day before the NCAA tournament begins in earnest with a full slate of round of 64 games. “Hoops U” will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of Maryland and Notre Dame players and coaches through Selection Sunday (March 15).

Last month, the Wichita Eagle-Tribune reported that Showtime’s college basketball special would feature four teams — Maryland, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Wichita State — in a five-episode series starting on Feb. 17, but those plans were never finalized.

Via the Showtime release:

From the classroom to the locker room, from film study to tip-off and beyond, “Hoops U” gives viewers backstage access into the world of Division I college basketball. Showtime, along with executive producers Steve Mayer of IMG and 52-time Emmy Award winner Ross Greenburg peel back the curtain on the Fighting Irish and Terrapins’ men’s basketball programs, offering viewers a front-row seat to the final month of conference play and the conference tournaments through Sunday, March 15, when the national tournament bracket and seeding are announced.

“This will give viewers a unique insight into what really goes on behind the scenes at a premier college basketball program,” Mayer said. “Our production team is receiving unparalleled access from both universities and the result will be a fascinating look at the preparations, personalities and pressures associated with college basketball at the highest level.”

Greenburg is the former executive of HBO Sports who helped launch the network’s “24/7” hockey docu-series. He also worked on Epix’s “Road to the NHL Winter Classic,” which featured the Capitals and Blackhawks this season.