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ACC Tournament 2011: Maryland Earns No. 7 Seed, Will Play North Carolina State Thursday

The Maryland Terrapins' horrendous loss to Virginia on Saturday on Senior Day ended up not making a significant difference with their seeding for the ACC Tournament. The Terps remained in the No. 7 spot with a 7-9 league record and will play No. 10 seed North Carolina State (15-15, 5-11 ACC) in the first round Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and the ACC Network.

The Terps ended up tied with Virginia for seventh place in the conference, and the two teams split their two matchups this season. However, the Terps ended up with the higher seed due to their record against No. 3 seed Florida State. The tiebreaker is determined by record against the top of the ACC, working down until a difference can be found. Both teams were winless against Duke and North Carolina, but the Terps picked up a win against Florida State on February 23, while the Cavaliers fell on February 2. Due to that, the Terps leapfrogged the Cavaliers and earned the No. 7 seed.

Maryland pretty much must win the ACC Tournament if they want to make the NCAA Tournament, and that means winning four games in four nights. If they defeat North Carolina State, they will face No. 2 seed Duke on Friday at 7 p.m. Should they somehow win that game, they will then have to defeat either No. 3 seed Florida State, No. 6 seed Virginia Tech or No. 11 seed Georgia Tech in the semifinals Saturday at 3:30 p.m.