Maryland guard Terrell Stoglin was unhappy at not making first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference.
Stoglin became a rare statistic: a conference scoring leader who made second team rather than first team in the vote by media members.
"It was very disappointing," Stoglin said. He said he planned to use the perceived slight as "motivation."
Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said he believed Stoglin was victimized by Maryland's conference record. "Six and 10 wasn't good enough," Turgeon said.
The coach said an 8-8 mark probably would have pushed Stoglin over the top.
Stoglin is averaging 21.2 points per game. His shooting percentage has declined in recent games – the last time shot better than 50 percent was six games ago – and Turgeon has said the player is tired from the 30-game season.
Maryland opens the ACC tournament on Thursday at noon against Wake Forest.
Maryland beat the Deacons, 70-64, on Jan. 11.
Wake Forest's Ty Walker, who blocked eight shots against the Terps in the teams' first meeting, has since been suspended for the rest of the season for undisclosed rules violations. Maryland will of course be without point guard Pe'Shon Howard (knee surgery), who played 33 minutes in the first game and had one point, three assists and five rebounds.