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Looking at Maryland's road to an ACC tourney title

The Terps haven't won a ACC men's basketball tournament since 2004, but they have to be pretty optimistic entering this year's tournament. The hot, hot, hot Terps are the No. 2 seed after sharing the ACC regular season title with the Duke Blue Devils, and the path to a rubber match with Duke in the final sets up nicely. Let's take a look at the Terps' potential road to the ACC tournament final:

Quarterfinals: Maryland will play either Georgia Tech or North Carolina on Friday night. I really can't foresee the rebuilding Tar Heels beating the Yellow Jackets in the first round. So count on the Terps playing the Jackets, the ACC team that came closest to knocking off the Terps at Comcast Center (thankfully, Cliff Tucker saved the day with a buzzer-beater). Still, even though the game will be played away from Maryland's home court this time, the Terps should easily handle Derrick Favors and the Jackets. Degree of difficulty: 4 out of 10

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Semifinals: Florida State is the No. 3 seed and Maryland's likely opponent should the Terps advance to the semifinals, but I wouldn't be surprised if Clemson knocked off Florida State in the quarterfinals. And honestly, I think the Seminoles would be an easier foe for the Terps. The Terps beat them twice this year, but split their two matchups with the Clemson Tigers. Degree of difficulty: 5.5 out of 10

Finals: If Greivis and the gang get to the ACC tourney final, they'll more than likely play Duke for a third time this season. Wake Forest or Virginia Tech could test Duke in the semis, but I don't see either team pulling off an upset. That means it will be up to the Terps to keep the hated Blue Devils from winning another ACC title. Duke would be considered the favorite, obviously, especially since the game would pretty much be a home game for the Blue Devils, but Maryland is more than capable of pulling off the mini-upset. The Terps won't have to play a perfect game to win their first ACC tournament title in six years, just a very good one. Degree of difficulty: 8.5 out of 10

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