Maryland defeated North Carolina State 75-67 in the first round of the 2011 ACC Tournament. The Terps keep their slim hopes of making the NCAA Tournament alive, and I do mean "slim." So slim, in fact, that they probably have to win the ACC Tournament to get into the Big Dance, thereby defeating the whole purpose of an at-large bid. Nevertheless, the dream is still alive.
First-team all-ACC performer Jordan Williams led the Terps in their win over N.C. State, dominating the inside with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Dino Gregory added 11 points, while Cliff Tucker, mired in a horrendous slump, added nine off the bench. Tracy Smith scored 14 off the bench to lead N.C. State, who made a late rally to make the game close, but fell short.
The Terps are now 19-13, and the next step on their journey will be against No. 2 seed Duke in the quarterfinals Friday at 7 p.m. Maryland came close to defeating the Blue Devils in Durham, falling 71-64 on January 9, but the Blue Devils smashed them in College Park, 80-62, on February 2. N.C. State falls to 15-16 and now must hope for a CBI bid.
Thursday, March 10
No. 9 Miami def. No. 8 Virginia, 69-62
No. 5 Boston College def. No. 12 Wake Forest, 81-67
No. 7 Maryland def. No. 10 N.C. State, 75-67
9:30 p.m., ACC Network: No. 6 Virginia Tech (19-10, 9-7 ACC) vs. No. 11 Georgia Tech (13-17, 5-11 ACC)
Friday, March 11
Noon, ESPN2/ACC Network: No. 1 North Carolina (24-6, 14-2 ACC) vs. Miami
2:30 p.m., ESPN2/ACC Network: No. 4 Clemson (20-10, 9-7 ACC) vs. Boston College
7:00 p.m., ESPN2/ACC Network: No. 2 Duke (27-4, 13-3 ACC) vs. Maryland/North Carolina State winner
9:30 p.m., ESPN2/ACC Network: No. 3 Florida State (21-9, 11-5 ACC) vs. Virginia Tech/Georgia Tech winner
Saturday, March 12
1:00 p.m., ESPN/ACC Network: North Carolina/Virginia/Miami winner vs. Clemson/Boston College/Wake Forest winner
3:30 p.m., ESPN/ACC Network: Duke/Maryland/NC State winner vs. Florida State/Virginia Tech/Boston College winner
Sunday, March 13
1:00 p.m., ESPN/ACC Network: ACC Championship Game