By Peter Schmuck
9:39 AM EST, February 8, 2012
The Maryland men's basketball team ended its eight-game road losing streak in ACC play on Tuesday night with a hard-fought victory over Clemson -- a win the ESPNU broadcast team cast as having NCAA Tournament implications.
It was a good win and another step in Mark Turgeon's quick rebuilding program, but the odds of all the things happening that would be required to make Maryland a tournament team this year should send you off to buy a handful of PowerBall tickets instead. The Terps are 4-5 in the ACC and still have Saturday's game at Duke and road games at North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia Tech. They would probably need to beat Duke or NC and win one of the two remaining games against No. 20 Virginia to position themselves to finish .500 and garner enough respect from the selection committee. They would also have to look good for awhile in the ACC tournament.
None of that is impossible, but we're talking about a developing team that had lost five of its last six games coming into Tuesday night. The last thing anybody was thinking about in the Terrapins lockerroom before the game was the NCAA Tournament.
Don't misunderstand. Terps fans should be very upbeat today. This young team continues to play like a very young team, but it finally held on to win a game on the road at a very tough place to play. When these kids start minimizing their mistakes and stop wasting possessions, they're going to be a pretty good team.
Miracles happen, but I'd be satisfied with getting to "The Dance" next year.