ACC Basketball

ACC Tournament, Round Two: Florida State vs. Maryland

Nick Wass/Associated Press

Nick Wass/Associated Press

 

(8) MARYLAND VS (9) FLORIDA STATE

Well folks, this could be it. On Thursday, we could be witnessing Maryland’s final game as a member of the ACC. We’re going to miss our little red-headed step-child. Of course, the conference showed them no love, saying, “no marquee home games for you,” and failed to schedule visits by Duke and North Carolina, but it’s probably for the better since the Terps failed to hold serve at home four times this year.
Despite playing solid defense throughout the season, Maryland struggled to score consistently, again doing what Mark Turgeon teams always do best: turning the ball over. The highlight of the year was beating a Virginia team that had nothing to play for in the final regular season game. Unless Maryland can pull out a couple wins in the ACC Tournament, that highlight could be the only one.

Florida State was one of those team we always said, “just imagine if they could score…” Well, they did just that, finishing 42nd in the nation in offensive efficiency, according to Ken Pom. However, defensive rebounding and turnovers cost them any chance to put together a winning streak and are on the verge of missing the NCAA Tournament for the season straight year. Lately though, things have gotten better. They enter the ACC tournament winning of four of six, which may not sound too impressive, but three of those wins came on the road.
PREVIOUS MEETINGS: Florida State over Maryland, 85-61. Maryland over Florida State, 83-71.
Both teams took care of business at home. Okaro White and Montay Brandon combined to score 28 points and grab eight rebounds each back on January 12. A month later, Seth Allen went off, scoring 32 points behind seven three-pointers in a Maryland win.
WORTHLESS PREDICTIONS: FLORIDA STATE
The Terrapins did manage to upset Duke last year in the ACC Tournament. I know that’s suppose to mean something, but I don’t see how. The Seminoles have played well lately and have something worth while to play for; earning a NCAA Tournament bid with a string of wins in this tournament. The only thing Maryland has to look forward to is becoming the red-headed stepchild of Ohio State and Michigan.

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