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*Reporters always want interesting stories. So my hope as a writer -- and probably most of yours as fans -- is that the Terps arrive at the ACC tournament a win or two away from a shot at the NCAAs. That would certainly make going to Atlanta much more compelling for everybody because the Maryland games would really matter.

The Virginia Tech win certainly enhanced the prospects for a meaningful Atlanta trip. But, in the meantime, the Terps are going to have to continue to play as well as they did Saturday afternoon.

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The Terps played -- as Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg said -- with "urgency."

*You notice the ACC getting a little tighter? Virginia upset Clemson over the weekend, Boston College upset Duke and Miami came within four points of North Carolina. It's starting to look a little more like football season, when the conference had more balance than any other.

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*I was interested in Gary Williams' comment Saturday night that "there was a lot of emotion in the locker room before the game."

You think that was because the Terps are playing for their postseason lives, or because they want to play well for their embattled coach?

*You had to love the quote from Greivis Vasquez about all the media focus on his coach. "He (Williams) has got more money than all you guys (reporters) together, so he's not worried about what you guys say," Vasquez said after Saturday's game.

No argument about the money part, Greivis.

*Maryland announced during the Virginia Tech game that the media will no longer be permitted to interview players in the locker room after home games. Maryland said it's doing this to conform to procedures at many other schools.

A limited number of players -- typically those who played the biggest parts in the preceding game -- will be available in the media workroom after games.

This is too bad. The old way allowed reporters to interview the key guys --- but also any number of players who might not have starred but still played meaningful roles or could offer interesting perspectives.

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