Maryland (13-3, 1-2) will look to hop off its two-game schnide when it welcomes Mark Gottfried's resurgent NC State Wolfpack (14-2, 3-0) into College Park on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. ET tip on ESPN2.
NC State is beyond hot, riding a 10-game winning streak. Most recently, the Wolfpack took down No. 1 Duke in a major program-building victory.
After starting conference play with a blowout win against Virginia Tech, Maryland lost at home to an inconsistent Florida State team. Later in the week, Maryland was embarrassed by Miami, scoring just 14 points in the first half.
There aren't many resume-enhancing wins to be had in the ACC this year, in what appears to be a down season in the conference. If Maryland hopes to move back toward the positive side of the NCAA tournament bubble, it may need a big win against NC State, who sits inside the top 15 in the polls.
Here are five keys to Maryland securing the victory it needs and taking down the ACC preseason favorite, NC State.