We have reached the final week of the regular season and for the Maryland Terrapins, the final two games hold equal importance in their efforts to secure a bid within the NCAA Tournament.
North Carolina will visit College Park on Wednesday before the Terps conclude their regular season on the road at Virginia. The impact of each of these two games on the Terrapins’ resume could very well determine whether or not they will be dancing once the bracket is released on Selection Sunday.
The Terrapins do have 20 wins on the season, but they are just one of six teams in a conference that is unsure of just how many teams will actually qualify for the Big Dance. Over the weekend, Maryland did get a much needed victory on the road at Wake Forest, once again preventing back-to-back losses in the win.
However, their up-and-down play is preventing them from gaining any momentum and for the most part, preventing them from really locking up a tournament bid. Sure, Maryland has some nice victories on their resume, most notably a Jan. 26 win over Duke, but it’s been their inconsistencies that have kept them within the bubble discussion.
With the critical battles on the Terps’ docket this week, the key down the stretch here may very well rely on the guard play and the production of Dez Wells.
Over the course of the past week, Wells is averaging 19 points per game, a mark that has raised his season average to 12.0 ppg, tying him for first on the team.
In that stretch, Maryland is 1-1, but there is no denying the advantage that Wells’ scoring ability can give the Terps. Maryland and head coach Mark Turgeon need someone to rise to the occasion down the stretch here and Wells can certainly be that guy if he can produce like he has within the previous week.
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