Maryland has been cutting it close in recent years when it comes to the post-season, so it's no surprise that they just barely nipped Wake Forest to keep their hopes alive.
The Terps won 74-70 behind a career game from James Gist, who finished with 31 points and 11 boards, somewhat making up for Bambale Osby, who pretty much whiffed. Greivis Vasquez scored 24 and had eight assists, as he could pretty much go over the top of Wake's guards. For the Deacs, James Johnson finished with 25 points and 14 boards.
Maryland has the fifth place spot currently since Virginia Tech swept the series this year.
Everyone is off until Saturday, when of course Duke visits State, Virginia heads down to sunny Miami, Wake is off to Atlanta to duel with Georgia Tech, and UNC jets up to Beantown to take on Boston College.
It's very possible that the Heels might have Ty Lawson back, although not necessarily at full strength. Deon Thompson might not play, as he still is having back problems.
It probably won't matter either way - B.C. is on a major skid, having lost nine of their last 10, and they were annihilated in Chapel Hill.
Virginia Tech is off until Tuesday, when they'll take on the Deacs and try to win their ninth ACC game, something which seemed unlikely early on. They'll finish up at Clemson, which would give them a chance to finish in double digits. That would earn Seth Greenberg consideration for coach of the year.
Barry Jacobs has a column up called Scenes From An ACC Season, which hits on some very cool points in the season.
Matt Causey took a good whack to the head in Cameron Saturday, leading to a bit of controversy. Turns out it wasn't as bad as it was reported. And the N&O suggests that he might have done it himself in an effort to take a flop. By the way, the video shows a clear foul by Causey on the drive before which was missed.