In a conference like the ACC, which boasts the No. 1 team in the nation in the North Carolina Tar Heels as well as a top 10 team in the Duke Blue Devils, it would seem unlikely that a team like the Maryland Terrapins would stand a chance.
Although the road may be a tough one to come by, this team lead by a new head coach and solid young talent might be able to prove the doubters wrong. In his first season from Texas A&M, Terps head coach Mark Turgeon has experience with winning programs and in turn could start winning games in a hurry.
A team with far less experience and significantly less talent than both Duke and North Carolina, Maryland will certainly have their hands full. In order to compete with these powerhouses, the Terps will have some work to do.
Here are the eight things Turgeon and his Maryland Terrapins need to do in order to compete for an ACC title this season.