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Eight Isn't Enough

After beating N.C. State for the seventh straight time, the Terps will be facing Georgia Tech, which Maryland has not lost to since the 2003-2004 season -- a stretch of eight straight wins.

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Gary Williams downplays the winning streak, saying that last year's wins featured the outside shooting of Dave Neal and that this year's Tech team has more backcourt depth.

But Williams did point out that losing streaks to another school are usually thrown in a coach's face rather than winning streaks.

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He wasn't talking about Duke, was he?

Hayes on the mend

There was a reason for senior guard Eric Hayes being held scoreless for the first time all season Wednesday night against N.C. State.

Hayes said that he started feeling ill even before the Virginia game Monday night, when he had 10 points and nine assists in 25 minutes. But he said that what started out as a bad sore throat worsened Tuesday.

"I was feeling a lot better, my throat was killing me and it was tough for me to breath," Hayes said. "I got tired really quickly."

He wound up playing 28 minutes, getting five assists and four rebounds but missing all five shots he tried. Hayes said that the the Terps got a "big lift from" Adrian Bowie, who hit two big 3-pointers, in a comeback from a 12-point deficit.

"It was huge," Hayes said Friday. "Other guys stepped up as well. It was one of those games where you don't want to lose that type of game. It would have been a killer for us if we did lose that."

Stepping up the competition

Saturday's game starts a rugged end to the regular season for the Terps. Maryland is done with the bottom of the ACC for awhile and now will play the middle and top.

After facing Georgia Tech, which is currently a half-game behind sixth-place Clemson, the Terps play the Tigers in College Park, followed by second-place Virginia Tech in Blacksburg next Saturday and first-place Duke at Comcast Center. Maryland closes the season at Virginia, where the Terps have traditionally struggled.

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