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Maryland Must Win ACC Tournament To Make NCAA Tournament

With the Maryland Terrapins' disappointing loss to the Miami Hurricanes earlier tonight, all hopes of earning an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament have vanished. The Virginia Tech Hokies are on the bubble. The Terrapins don't even know what shape the bubble is. As a point of measure, Maryland was blown out 74-57 by the Hokies at home.

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The Terrapins now rank seventh in the ACC, a conference that is considered weaker than usual this season. The ACC is likely to only earn three or four bids into the NCAA Tournament, and the Terrapins won't be one of them.

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Unless they can win the ACC Tournament, that is.

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If the ACC season was to end today, the Terrapins would face the N.C. State Wolfpack in the first round, and if all seedings hold, would face the North Carolina Tar Heels in the second round. If by chance they can pull off their first win over a ranked team all year, the Terrapins wouldn't face a much easier road from there. They would likely face the Florida St. Seminoles in the semifinals and Duke Blue Devils in the ACC Championship Game.