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Give this to the Terps: They've made the season interesting.

Had Maryland lost to Georgia Tech -- which is in last place in the ACC at 1-8 -- I think the team's dwindling hopes for an NCAA bid would have been laid to rest.

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Here's what's interesting: Maryland (4-5 in the conference) can climb back to .500 with a win against Virginia Tech Saturday at Comcast Center. The Hokies (5-3) are good but beatable.

Virginia Tech has been maddeningly inconsistent, barely beating Virginia and Gardner-Webb (in the season opener) but winning at Wake Forest.

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Guard Malcolm Delaney (Towson Catholic) is scoring 24.6 points per game over the past five games. The undersized Terps will need to watch out for forward Jeff Allen, who is collecting 8.8 rebounds per game -- third in the ACC.

The good news for Maryland is that three of the next four games are at Comcast Center. The bad news is that the opponents are Virginia Tech, Clemson, North Carolina and Duke.

It's not enough to beat Georgia Tech and Virginia. The Terps knew all along they'd need to beat some good teams to push their record up and over .500 in the ACC. Here comes their chance.

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