Maryland Basketball: Five Keys to a Terps Upset over No. 5 North Carolina

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Maryland Basketball:  Five Keys to a Terps Upset over No. 5 North Carolina
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The Maryland Terrapins are about to start the real meat of their ACC schedule. 

Maryland is now 3-4 in the ACC, after a tough two-overtime loss, at Miami, on Wednesday. The Terrapins managed to rally from 16 points down with seven minutes to play, to force overtime.  However, they could not finish the job against a very small Miami lineup that was forced into play by the fouling-out of Reggie Johnson.  Both Johnson, and Terps coach Mark Turgeon were ejected within a few minutes of each other, part of a crazy final ten minutes of regulation.

As a result, the Terps missed an opportunity to earn a solid ACC road win, and move above .500 in league play.  Given their next opponent, it would have been a nice momentum boost to have won two straight.

Maryland’s next game is against No. 5 North Carolina on Saturday, in College Park.  The Tar Heels have righted themselves nicely after a 33-point loss at Florida State, on Jan. 14. 

UNC has won each of their last four games by double-digits, and allowed less than 70 points in three of them.  In Tuesday’s win over Wake Forest, the Heels held the Demon Deacons to under 30 percent shooting and just 53 points.

Needless to say, Saturday will be a tough test for Maryland.  However, with the game at home, the Terps have a small chance to pull the upset.  Nobody gave Florida State a chance when UNC came into their arena, and look what happened there. 

Maryland doesn't have the personnel FSU does, to be sure.  However, there are some things they can do—like FSU did—to give themselves a shot at getting Turgeon his first signature win with the Maryland program.

Here are five things Maryland must do in order to knock off North Carolina.

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