When Maryland took on Virginia today, it was basically an NCAA tournament game. Both teams were sitting right on the bubble. A loss and they would be done barring an ACC tournament championship, but with a win, they would most likely move into the field of 68, with the conference tournament to just boost their resume.
A 17-point lead and total domination by the Terrapins had them looking like a tournament team. Going on the road and winning in conference play is not easy, especially when you are playing Virginia, who has one of the best home court advantages in the ACC.
It was a win that would boost their resume just enough to most likely move them into the big dance. With Alex Len at center and Nick Faust and Dez Wells at guard, they looked like a team that could surprise some people.
With a win already over Duke it was apparent that they could compete with the big boys, but if they wanted to get that chance they had to beat Virginia.
That 17-point lead quickly became 14 than it became 10. The game was getting a little bit too close for comfort and neither of these teams wanted to know their tournament hopes were basically gone.
Then the game was going into overtime and Virginia’s home court advantage and momentum was enough to propel them past the Terrapins.
Maryland let a 17-point lead slip away when it was already projected as about the sixth best team left out of the tournament. Its loss after winning by that much might have made it even worse if it still stood a chance.
Watching Virginia come back just made it look like Virginia wanted to be playing in a couple weeks and Maryland didn’t. That will most likely be the scenario when both teams learn their fate a week from today.