5:20 PM EST, February 17, 2012
It's great fun watching Maryland freshman Nick Faust feel his way around the ACC, but it's going to be a wild ride for awhile.
Faust has moved into a much more visible role at the point in the wake of the knee injury that has ended the season of Pe'Shon Howard, and nobody had any complaints after the Terps pushed Boston College around last night at Comcast Center. He's an absolute cauldron of energy and talent that always seems ready to overflow.
That's a mixed blessing, of course. Faust is still learning when to shoot and when to drive to the basket, so no one should be surprised that he looks like the proverbial bull in the china shop a lot of the time. He doesn't miss pretty and he's always a threat to run over somebody in the paint, but then he takes flight for a jam like that one late in last night's game and all is forgiven and forgotten.
He's going to be special.
Actually, he already is special. He just needs to grow into his tremendous talent.
Meanwhile, the Terps still have an outside chance to finish at .500 in the ACC. They're 5-6 with five games left -- only one of them against a team (North Carolina) that they have little chance of beating. They already have beaten Georgia Tech, so that's possible, and they went to double overtime against Miami, so you can't rule anything out there. But they'll have to at least split their two games against No. 22 Virginia.
Three more regular season wins is a tall order, but who really thought it would even be a possibility three months ago?
An earlier version of this article gave the wrong last name for Pe'Shon Howard. The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.