The Maryland Terrapins are 11-6 overall and 1-2 in the ACC. Their best win is either against Penn State or their one-point win over College of Charleston at home. And yet, they are the second-best team in the ACC?â†µ
That's at least the argument presented by Nick Fasulo of SBNation.com today. Fasulo took a look at the ACC, and decided that, hey, Maryland might actually be the second-best team. It's either Maryland, Florida State or Boston College, and Fasulo throws his preference to Maryland.â†µ
â†µâ†µThe Terps undoubtedly have the best non-Dukie player in the conference, Jordan Williams, and when the league is playing in a shallow talent pool, one player who averages 18 and 12 and shoots just a touch under 80 percent from 2-point-range can go a long way. From a more macro point of view, the Terps have put the clamps down defensively. They're ninth in the country in defensive field goal percentage and I also appreciate their disinterest in the long ball. With only 16 percent of their total points coming from 3-point range, the Terrapins are not going to shoot themselves out of a ball game and let their opponent get easy fast-break points. With Gary Williams a more experienced and proven coach than the aforementioned Hamilton and Donahue, gives these guys the nod over the Seminoles and Eagles.â†µ
For now, it's hard to get behind this. Boston College did beat Maryland on Maryland's home floor, and Florida State did just beat Duke. But there's also some value in playing really good teams close, because when you do that, things tend to swing in your favor later in the season. So I can see the argument.â†µ
Alternatively, we could just agree that the ACC is awful this year and call it a day.