Terps Hoops: Last? Don't Bet On It
In light of Steve Yanda’s earlier post about Maryland hoops predictions, I wanted to check in with some quick thoughts on my predictions for Maryland and the ACC. First off, I’m really looking forward to this season getting started in a few weeks, and Steve and I will have expanded coverage of the Terps and the ACC all season. As for Maryland, I think the prediction that it will finish last is off base.
I believe Virginia has last place all to itself this season. I have Maryland in 8th place, with a chance to move up to 7th. If Gary Williams can get the Terps in the bubble conversation, it will be a sizeable accomplishment. Gary has made a career of getting more out of less, and he certainly has “less” talent-wise this season. The lack of an inside presence will prevent Maryland from seriously challenging for an NCAA tournament bid, but it could put Gary in position to play a four-guard lineup, which could be somewhat successful because of the makeup of his roster. This Maryland team should be the worst Maryland team this century in terms of record --- 16 wins, perhaps--- but I can’t see it finishing last. Here are my predictions for the top half of the league:
4) Wake Forest
6) Virginia Tech
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