“Those first 10 games, I kind of knew I was going to play,” Auslander said. “As time went on, I knew as Coach got his guys in, playing time probably wasn’t going to be the biggest thing for me. As far as [being] in practice and on the bench, I know I can help the guys any way possible.”

Wells said Auslander is well respected by his teammates.

“He’s pushed me to be a better leader, he’s pushed me to be a better player. We work out together every morning,” Wells said. “He’s really a team-first guy, so he means a lot to me and a lot to our team. I just want his experience at Maryland to be remembered as one of the best times in his life, because he’s made this year and my tenure at Maryland one of the best times in my life. I just want to return the favor to him.”

ACC TOURNAMENT SCENARIOS

Maryland still can finish with as high as the seventh seed in this week's ACC tournament, but needs to beat Virginia while having Florida State lose at home to Syracuse and North Carolina State lose at home to Boston College. Otherwise, the Terps are locked into the No. 8-No. 9 game at noon Thursday.

Maryland will be the eighth seed if the Terps beat Virginia and either the Seminoles or Wolfpack win. Maryland will be the ninth seed if all three teams win, or if the Terps lose.

Does it matter? I actually think the Terps could be better off coming out of the 8-9 game to play a Virginia team having played just one game against Maryland, no less in 13 days.

If Maryland can beat the Cavaliers at Comcast Center, I think it would give Turgeon’s team some momentum going into Greensboro, N.C. Yet this is a team that doesn’t hold momentum very well.

The Terps haven’t won two straight games since winning three straight over Tulsa, North Carolina Central and Georgia Tech in late December and early January.

don.markus@baltsun.com