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Maryland put itself in great shape to make the field of 68 with its upset win over No. 2 Duke last week, but followed it up by laying an egg at Boston College, clouding its tournament hopes. As of now, Maryland is in the "Next Four Out" category of Lunardi's S-Curve—not a good place to be with four games remaining.
Luckily for the Terps, they have a chance to make a run at the end of the season and propel themselves to the tournament. Georgia Tech and Wake Forest are two of the worst teams in the ACC—if Maryland can go on the road and win those two games, it would help itself immensely.
The Terps' other two games are home against North Carolina and at Virginia, both of which are either tournament or bubble teams. If Maryland wins three of those games, plus one or two games in the ACC Tournament, it would be in good shape.
That's saying a lot for a team which has been inconsistent all year—yet there is no denying Maryland's talent.
Alex Len is a legitimate seven-footer and Dez Wells is an athletic wing who can get to the rim at any time. It's a very young and inexperienced team, one which averages 15 turnovers per game, but it's also extremely talented.
The Terps' win over Duke proved their talent, but to show that talent in the tournament, they must overcome their youthful mistakes and get there first.