Maryland to open ACC Tournament against Wake Forest Thursday at noon

As the No. 8 seed, Maryland will open the ACC Tournament at Atlanta’s Philips Arena Thursday noon against No. 9 Wake Forest.

While Maryland’s seed was locked in heading into Sunday’s regular-season finale against Virginia (which the Cavaliers won in overtime, 75-72), Wake’s seeding wasn’t clear until Sunday’s full slate of conference games was played.

The winner of Thursday’s game between Maryland (16-14, 6-10) and Wake Forest (13-17, 4-12) advances to Friday’s noon quarterfinal against top-seed North Carolina (27-4, 14-2).

The Tar Heels swept the Terps this season, handing them a 24-point defeat (88-64) just last Wednesday. If they meet Friday, it would be the third time Maryland has faced North Carolina in less than five weeks.

The Terps beat Wake Forest, 70-64, in the teams’ Jan. 11 meeting at Comcast Center. It was the Terps’ first ACC victory under coach Mark Turgeon. After jumping out to a 16-point lead at halftime, Maryland held on for the victory despite being outscored 40-30 in the second half.

Sophomore Terrell Stoglin had a game-high 20 points on 6-of-18 shooting in that game against the Demon Deacons. But the Terps are a far different team now, without the services of starting point guard Pe’Shon Howard and showing signs of fatigue.

Stoglin and Sean Mosley, who have played the most minutes, are most entitled to be tired. Still, Mosley pulled off the second double-double of his career Sunday against Virginia (17 points, 10 rebounds) despite playing 44 of 45 minutes.

Stoglin led the Terps with 25 points Sunday, but his shot hasn’t been falling like it was earlier in the season, which Turgeon attributes to the cumulative toll of carrying the team for so long. Stoglin hit just eight of his 24 attempts from the field against Virginia.

“I mean, I’m a little tired,” Stoglin conceded afterward. “But I’ve got to pick that up. That’s on me.”

ACC officials released the full tournament schedule Thursday night. It’s below:

First Round - Thursday, March 8

#8 Maryland vs. #9 Wake Forest.............................. Noon (ESPNU/ACC Network)

#5 NC State vs. #12 Boston College......................... *2:00 (ESPNU/ACC Network)

#7 Clemson vs. #10 Virginia Tech............................... 7:00 (ESPNU/ACC Network)

#6 Miami vs. #11 Georgia Tech................................ *9:00 (ESPNU/ACC Network)

Quarterfinals - Friday, March 9

#1 North Carolina vs. 8/9 winner............................ Noon (ESPN2/ACC Network/ESPN3)

#4 Virginia vs. 5/12 winner....................................... *2:00 (ESPN2/ACC Network/ESPN3)

#2 Duke vs. 7/10 winner............................................. 7:00 (ESPN2/ACC Network/ESPN3)

#3 Florida State vs. 6/11 winner.............................. *9:00 (ESPN2/ACC Network/ESPN3)

Semifinals - Saturday, March 10

Game 9 (game 5 & 6 winners).................................... 1:00 (ESPN/ACC Network/ESPN3

Game 10 (game 7 & 8 winners)................................ *3:00 (ESPN/ACC Network/ESPN3)

Finals - Sunday, March 11

Game 11 (championship game)................................. 1:00 (ESPN/ACC Network/ESPN3)

* Tentative tip-off time.

Liz Clarke currently covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. She has also covered seven Olympic Games, two World Cups and written extensively about college sports, tennis and auto racing.

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