The Maryland men's basketball team was picked to finish seventh in the ACC during the league's Operation Basketball Media Day in Atlanta Sunday.
Considering some of the dire predictions, including dead last by the Sporting News, that seems to be pretty high.
It also brought to mind something Gary Williams said to me during an interview I had with him a couple of weeks ago in College Park. Williams has long harped on the fact that very few of the Baltimore-Washington media are members of the ACC Sportswriters Association and because of that, the Terps often get shortchanged when it comes to postseason awards.
In this case, it might have actually worked in Maryland's favor. I wasn't in Atlanta, but I doubt that I would have voted Maryland that high.
Here is the outcome of the voting: 1. North Carolina 2-Duke 3-Wake Forest 4-Miami 5-Clemson 6-Virginia Tech 7-Maryland 8-Georgia Tech 9-N.C. State 10-Florida State 11-Boston College 12-Virginia.
Where would you have picked Maryland?