Maryland Basketball: 5 Reasons Terps Will Be Competitive in ACC Next Season

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Maryland Basketball: 5 Reasons Terps Will Be Competitive in ACC Next Season
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Though it fell short of their usually lofty standards, the Maryland Terrapins did not have an awful season in 2011-2012. In Mark Turgeon's first season as coach, the Terps still managed to have an overall winning record at 17-15. They saw some great things from young players, particularly sophomore Terrell Stoglin, who led the entire ACC in scoring.

Their 6-10 record in the ACC could use improvement, but for the most part, the Terps took care of business against lesser ACC teams. Their struggles came against the conference's best teams, particularly later in games where they would allow the other team to go on long offensive runs. This resulted in the Terps failing to win a single game against a ranked team this season.

But hope is in the air and things look very bright for the Terps' upcoming 2012-2013 season. With some old faces returning and some new recruits coming in, the expectations will be higher.

Here are five reasons why I think the Terps will play up to those expectations and make 2013 a year to remember.

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