GREENSBORO, N.C. - Maryland's Atlantic Coast Conference farewell tour came to an end Thursday night, but not before its men's basketball coach and players paid homage to the conference that called the Terrapins home for more than six decades.
Sure, it's possible the Terps could have won four in a row and ended their 61-year run with the program's fourth ACC tournament championship. But it lasted only one game, a 67-65 second-round loss to Florida State on a last-second slam dunk.
Just like that, it was so long ACC, how do you do Big Ten.
The Terrapins' address change takes place next year, but they aren't leaving Tobacco Road without some memories.
"We knew what the ACC meant to our fans, and we just weren't good enough to get the win today," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said after Thursday's loss. "We knew what it meant to our people. We're going to miss it. It's a great league, great coaches.
"We're going to miss Greensboro. It was a great tournament, well run. We're going to miss that part of it. But the good thing is we're going to another great league, great coaches, great tournament."
Two of Maryland's ACC crowns came in Greensboro, the last in 2004 when the underdog Terrapins knocked off the top three seeds - behind tourney MVP John Gilchrist - en route to their improbable title.
Terps junior guard Dez Wells showcased similar traits in trying to lead his team to a comeback over Florida State, but it came up short. Still, Wells acknowledged a passion for ACC basketball that got its roots when he was a child in Raleigh, N.C.
"There's no other way to put it, it was a great ride," said Wells, who scored 18 Thursday against the Seminoles. "Me watching all the games growing up, all the rivalries and the great games. We appreciate everything the ACC has done for us, but I guess new beginnings now for us."
Wells said the Terps are going to gather themselves in time for their next game, which could come as soon as the National Invitational Tournament.
Wells led Maryland to the NIT semifinals a year ago after nearly advancing to the ACC championship game.
If a postseason tournament doesn't become a reality, their next game won't take place for several months. And instead of getting ready for the likes of Duke and North Carolina, as has been tradition since it was an ACC charter member in 1953, Maryland will prepare for Michigan State, Northwestern, and Iowa.
"Next year, as far as our conference play, it will be a new environment for us," Wells said. "New opportunities and I guess new successes for us. Tough times just like we've seen here and great times like we've seen too. It happens, and we just have to get over the hump, pick ourselves back up and get ready for our next game."