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Talkin' Terps: Redux of the 2004 ACC tournament?

Good afternoon.

In 2004, a young Maryland team most likely had sewn up an NCAA tournament berth entering the ACC tournament even with a 7-9 conference record and a midseason swoon that saw it lose eight of 12 games. The Terrapins entered the tournament ranked 29th in the RPI, with four wins over teams ranked in the RPI top 25.

But just to be sure, the sixth-seeded Terrapins defeated No. 3 Wake Forest, No. 2 North Carolina State (erasing a 19-point halftime deficit) and No. 1 Duke (in which Maryland both gave up an 11-point lead and overcame a late 12-point deficit) to win the ACC title and earn the automatic bid.

Today's question, following last night's win over 10th-seeded N.C. State and entering tonight's game against second-seeded Duke: Can Maryland accomplish the feat again, this time by winning four games in the ACC tournament?

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.


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