Before Maryland¿s game against Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament began Thursday afternoon at the Greensboro Coliseum, Smotrycz stood on the sideline near the team's bench, his hands in the pockets of his warmup pants.
Maryland junior forward Evan Smotrycz's availability is in question for Thursday's ACC tournament second-round game against Florida State because of lower back spasms, an athletic department spokesman said.
Asked on Monday¿s ACC coaches¿ teleconference about how difficult it has been to get Allen to play consistently within the team¿s offense, Turgeon said, ¿It¿s a constant battle with him, he¿s still learning how to play, learning the game, and learning situations.
Ten years ago, John Gilchrist led Maryland to the 2004 ACC tournament championship, a three-game sweep over the top three seeds that ended with an overtime victory against archrival Duke. Gilchrist was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after averaging 24 points per game.
After collapsing in the final minute of regulation and allowing No. 5 Virginia to force overtime, the Terps hit five of their last six free throws -- four by Jake Layman -- to beat the Cavaliers, 75-69.
Maryland (16-14, 8-9 ACC) will be looking for a signature win while Virginia (25-5, 16-1) comes in as hot as the then No. 2 Terps were in 2002, when they won their first national championship. The Cavaliers have won 13 straight.
Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said Saturday that sophomore forward Charles Mitchell served his punishment for having words with assistant coach Scott Spinelli on the bench Tuesday by sitting out the last 24 minutes of the team¿s victory over Virginia Tech.
On Sunday, the Terps men's basketball team plays its final regular season game as a member of the Atlantic Coast against Virginia. And while the official date the university joins the Big Ten isn't until July 1st, you can't help but look at this as the end. The Maryland faithful has always had a stronger bond to the basketball program than other sports, including the revenue-producing football.
When the Maryland basketball team got back to campus after Sunday¿s double-overtime loss at Clemson, one of the first places the Terps headed was to the training room for ice baths to help with their recovery.
Maryland's inability to close out games has become the overarching theme of what has been a disappointing season. As the Terps close out the regular season with a pair of home games, coach Mark Turgeon is hoping that his team can reverse its recent stretch of agonizing defeats.
Leading by nine points in the first half and with chances to put the game away down the stretch, the Terps were taken into overtime for the first time this season and lost to the Tigers in double overtime, 77-73.
For years, Duke's arrival at Comcast Center provided Maryland fans a chance to generate noise and passion as they vented their heartfelt disapproval at the Blue Devils. No other opponent inspired such taunts