The Maryland Terrapins have played much better as of late, but playing well and losing still does not help out the NCAA tournament resume. The Terrapins have had chances to spring upsets of the Virginia Cavaliers and Duke Blue Devils, but both games ended in defeat and have put the team in a tough position in the remaining five games.
Maryland has to win all of those games and it will not be easy. Coach Mark Turgeon‘s Terps take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at home Tuesday and should avoid that upset if they play like they have. However, after Charles Mitchell missed a bunny score against Duke, the carryover from that game might give the Deacons a chance. Should Maryland pick up that win it will only get harder. On Saturday, the Syracuse Orange will make the trip to College Park. Maryland definitely has a shot to hang around, but Dez Wells, Nick Faust or Jake Layman will need to contribute late if the Terrapins stand to pull off the upset. The Orange have proved they have players — mainly Tyler Ennis — who show they can score with the clock winding down.
Obviously upsetting Syracuse will shine a bright light of optimism on Maryland, but the Terps will then need the travel to Clemson to take on the extremely pesky Tigers. Somehow Clemson has been able to be a happy surprise in the ACC, and the Terps could fall there. Maryland wraps up the final week of the regular season with two home games against the Virginia Tech Hokies and Virginia. Tech should be an easy victory, but if the season hangs on pulling off an upset of Virginia, Maryland could be in trouble.
Maryland can punch a ticket to the dance if it sweeps the rest of the season. One loss against any of the teams ‚ including the ranked ones, could spell the end of the Terps’ chances of reaching the NCAA tournament in its final season in the ACC.
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