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Terps Draw No. 7 Seed, N.C. State

Earlier today Florida State knocked off Virginia Tech, which ensured that Maryland will hold the No. 7 seed in this week's ACC tournament. That means the Terps will square off against No. 10 seed N.C. State at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Should the Terps advance, they would play No. 2 seed Wake Forest at 7 p.m. on Friday.

On March 1, Maryland defeated N.C. State, 71-60, in Raleigh. The Wolfpack lost three of its last four games to close the regular season.

By Steve Yanda  |  March 8, 2009; 5:17 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Whoopee. I'm so excited.

Posted by: JamWhitt | March 8, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Whew, they don't have to play the mighty Cavaliers in the first round! For a second there I was worried.

Posted by: manwray | March 8, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately it looks like we end up playing WF again for out tournament lives and I just don't see us overcomming that 7-0, 6-10, 6-10 front line they have. At least this year we have a chance to win the NIT. Of course I am assuming we get past the wolfpack. Sooner or later our guys are going to figure out how to beat the wahoos so we don't have to go through this. Unfortunately I see this going on for a few more years. Next year we have some real talent coming in, but freshman seldom make a big enough splash to make a difference, unless of course Stephenson actually comes here. My hopes are not high with the under armour thing going on though. I am afraid it will be the year after that at least until things get turned around. By that time we will have a real point guard that truly is trying to make his team better instead of looking for his own shot. They played their guts out this year with their lack of size, but in the ACC that is just not enough.

Posted by: dbrine1261 | March 8, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

It's about time the Wolfpack wins a game, no? What better team to victimize than our Terps?

Posted by: AncientTerp | March 8, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Terps have struggled this year against bigger lineups. However, keep in mind that The terps should have had Gus Gilchrist who is 6'10'' this year. He practiced with the team last year and out played the big guys from last year's team. When he left in the summer, after the ACC wouldn't allow him to play 3 full seasons, that left a recruting void that couldn't be filled.

Posted by: stgarner | March 8, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

MARYLAND needs to win it all to get in! GO TERPS...YOU CAN DO IT!

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | March 9, 2009 4:48 AM | Report abuse

The last time we were in this situation with a wannabe NBA point guard, he led us all the way to the ACC title (Gilchrest 2004). Maybe Vasquez and his visions of grandeur can capture lightning in a bottle again, and get us into the NCAA tourney, granted that 2004 team only needed to win 3 games, while this one has to win 4 in 4 days.

Let's just say, I don't think airfare will be necessary for Terp fans next week.

Posted by: Russtinator | March 9, 2009 6:42 AM | Report abuse

This team just cannot get it done!! Love the terps however how can you let a NCAA Bid slips thru your hands. They were in if they win

O well back to the nit and given there inconsistent play could be one and OUT!!

Posted by: carolina1 | March 9, 2009 7:06 AM | Report abuse

got a shooting guard playing point guard - no threat at the other guard. two forwards who don't show up on a regular basis and a center who is 6'5"...gary's a great coach but he's got very little to work with....wasted year.

Posted by: outrbnksm | March 9, 2009 7:47 AM | Report abuse

You guys are giving up too early. Sure i'm being optimistic, but if they beat NC State and Wake, they are definitely in. They don't have to win the ACC tourney or even make the final. Given the fact that the loser of the Miami-VT game is almost certainly out, and that other bubble teams lost over the weekend, you could even argue that a close loss vs. Wake could keep MD on the bubble. Of course, they still have to beat NC State first (which is no given).

Posted by: putnam23 | March 9, 2009 8:17 AM | Report abuse

MD first needs to prove they can WIN a game in the ACC Tournament. They have not done that since winning the tournament in 2003. Let's do this one step at a time because Saturday's loss was very damaging in terms of gaining an At-Large Bid to the NCAA.

Posted by: ejharrisjr40 | March 9, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Gary should use the game against NC State to get ready for the NIT.

Maryland plays in the NIT so often it should consider becoming the title sponsor.

Turtle Soup, brought to you by Gary Williams. Simply warm and serve.

Posted by: petecard | March 9, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Please... End the season... I cannot watch the Terps anymore. It's TOO EXCRUCIATING.... The way they lose. can't make baskets when open. Can't make lay ups. Can't make free throws. can't take care of the ball. can't defend in late parts of games. CAN'T DO ANYTHING IF THEY MADE NCAA... CAN'T MAKE NCAA... it's just too painful. please end the season now...

Posted by: doeshin | March 9, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

You know, I could take the "played their hearts out" argument just a little more seriously if it weren't for the following debacles:

1. Gonzaga (chalk it up to immaturity, big loss after a big win, if you will, but it was a sign.
2. Georgetown (blown out by a team that fizzled in January against a murderer's row and hasn't gotten off the mat since)
3. Morgan State (Finals week is always brutal, but that was terrible. And it's not as if Todd Bozeman had to cheat to pull it off)
4. Durham (ever since which Terp basketball got so much media attention, you would have thought Mike Nifong was involved)
5. Clemson (run out of the building)
6. Charlottesville (where like the good old grinch, we gave all the hoos in hooville their christmas presents back; I suppose that could qualify as being large of heart)

We snuck up on Michigan State and pulled a fast one on Carolina. Gary himself has always said, that on any given night and anyone can get hot and go toe to to with the best.

So, we've got six lousy losses and two good wins. In between that, we have games where after all the dust and drama have settled, we won and lost the games that we were supposed to. At least they were competitive in the Wake game. btw this is no consolation when we hosted the KryBabies, who we needed to embarras.

At the beginning of the season, we were picked dead last in the ACC, and Maryland has finished significantly higher in the standings. Before you go touting that as qualification enough to book our way to Ford Field; hear this: Maryland fans expect a program to aim for better than just poking the "media" pre-season standings in the eye.

We expect a respectable program where we don't get blown out, we get our fair shot of recruits and calls, we stick it to an overhyped team on a consistent basis, we have a well-above-board sqeaky clean record and where players graduate. Oh yeah, and recognize a zone defense. Over the last seven seasons, only two of those areas do we consistently score high marks in. How the hell can we improve in other areas (without giving up more than the equivalent in strengths) if we refuse to hold the program to a higher standard?

The NIT is the basketball equivalent of a gentleman's C. That's not Maryland Athletics. I can understand Gary putting on a brave face till the end of the season. And I fully expect him to get off the mat swinging. But after a while, it gets tiring to keep going through the ringer like this. It would be nice to be hunted for a little while.

Posted by: mabkhar | March 9, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

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