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Terps to face Seminoles in ACC tournament

Maryland hopes for a repeat performance from Dez Wells in this year's ACC tournament.
Maryland hopes for a repeat performance from Dez Wells in this year's ACC tournament.
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The Maryland Terrapins will take on the Florida State Seminoles Thursday at noon in Greensboro in the 8-9 matchup in Round 2 of the ACC tournament.

Florida State is one of the ACC teams that Maryland faced twice this year, and the results were mixed.

In their first meeting in Tallahassee, the below-average shooting Seminoles caught fire from behind the arc and quickly buried the Terps thanks to a barrage of three's. The game was essentially over at halftime. The Terps trailed by nearly 30 points in the second half and never managed to make any type of run.

Revenge came in Florida State's return trip to College Park, as the Terps dominated from the start and built a 20-point lead before the Seminoles made a late run and things got a little too interesting. Maryland held on for the win, but it came with Florida State's top player, Ian Miller, not suiting up due to an injury.

The rubber match between these two teams should be really interesting. Florida State isn't as good defensively as they have been in past years and struggles to score at times. Their size, however, will give Maryland problems.

The Terps have been a completely different team over the past few weeks. Every game they have lost has been close, and most have come at the hands of highly-ranked teams.

If Maryland manages to get past Florida State, a rubber match against Virginia awaits them. The Terps and Cavaliers had two great battles in the regular season, but you would think the advantage would go to Virginia since Maryland just expended all of that physical and emotional energy to beat less than a week ago.

The Terps know their only chance at reaching the NCAA tournament is four straight wins and an ACC tournament title. Maryland made a similar run back in 2004, coming out of nowhere to win the ACC tournament and secure an NCAA bid. Can Seth Allen or Dez Wells be this year's John Gilchrist?

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