The Maryland Terrapins did not enter the 2013-14 college basketball season with the highest expectations, but they were still expected to make the dance. After their most recent loss to Boston U, the Terps have a lot of work to do in ACC play.
Maryland is definitely not out of the game yet, but it’s record is not looking too hot (7-5). It would be one thing if the Terrapins were losing to good team after good team, but they already have a couple of bad losses on their resume.
The losses to Connecticut and Ohio State won’t hurt one bit, but the same thing cannot be said about losses to Oregon State and Boston U. In most years, the loss to George Washington would not bode well with the tournament committee, but the Colonials have already beaten Miami and Creighton.
Luckily for Maryland, the ACC will be one of the best conferences in college hoops this year. Some people may look at that in a negative light, but playing in a tough conference should mean one thing to all of the glass half full people–more opportunities to build up that resume.
With that in mind, it is not going to be easy. Duke and Syracuse are easily two of the best teams in the country, North Carolina is capable of beating anyone–or losing to anyone–and the ACC is one of the deeper conferences.
Maryland has not gotten off to the best start in school history, but that is okay. It has a lot of catching up to do once conference play starts and it cannot be counted out of the dance this early in the season.