For the first time in 20 years, the ACC Regular Season has ended with Maryland on top! Another banner for the rafters!
By beating the Hurricanes
in Miami this afternoon, 89-64
, the Terps have clinched at least a share of the regular season title
. As we write this, Florida State
is playing Wake Forest
, a game the 'Noles are expected to win. If so, they'll share the title with Maryland, but Maryland -- by virtue of having beaten FSU in their only meeting this season -- will enter the ACC Tournament on Thursday as the #1 Seed! Congratulations to all the players and coaches -- and everyone associated with the Maryland team -- for making some new
As for the game against Miami, well . . . the 'Canes came into the matchup with an ACC record of 2-11, while the Terps came in at 11-2. It pretty much went as you'd expect a game to go between two teams with such disparate records -- all Maryland, all the time, all afternoon. Five Terps finished in double figures, including Marissa Coleman (17) and Lynetta Kizer (10), who also notched double-doubles (16 and 10 boards, respectively). Marah Strickland, who shot an impressive 50% from beyond the arc (5 of 10), also finished with 17. And with 6 assists this afternoon, Kristi Toliver now needs only 4 more to move into a tie with Nikki Teasley, who has the third most assists in ACC history, and only 5 more to pass Nikki T and tie with the legendary Dawn Staley, who is in second place. Which, of course, means that 6 more successful dishes and swishes, and KT will have second place all to herself.
Not surprisingly, the Terps bench saw a good deal of playing time today. With the hope of back-to-back-to-back games looming in the ACC Tournament this week, rest for the starters and playing time for the reserves would seem to be just what the doctor ordered. And, speaking of "doctors," University of Maryland President Dr. Dan Mote was one of the many loyal Terps fans who traveled to Miami to cheer for the team on this historic occasion. (Miami in the winter? It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it!)
Well done, Maryland . . . now, on to Greensboro!