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In Sunday's ACC action, Maryland beat State 87-80, and Clemson topped Miami 63-59.

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School Conf. Pct. Overall Pct.
Duke 12-1 .923 25-2 .926
North Carolina 10-2 .833 20-6 .769
Florida State 9-3 .750 19-7 .731
Virginia Tech 7-5 .583 17-8 .680
Clemson 7-6 .538 18-9 .667
Maryland 6-6 .500 17-10 .630
Boston College 6-6 .500 16-10 .615
Miami 4-8 .333 16-11 .593
NC State 4-8 .333 14-12 .538
Virginia 4-8 .333 13-13 .500
Georgia Tech 3-9 .250 11-15 .423
Wake Forest 1-11 .083 8-19 .296

State might have won this game had they been a bit more mature, but the young Pack was unable to take advantage of Maryland's erratic play: Maryland turned the ball over 10 times in the first half, and allowed Scott Wood to hit 5-7 from three point range while the Terps hit none.

State was in the game until the end, but as has happened so often this season, they stumbled at the end.

Maryland got a very nice game out of rookie Terrell Stoglin, who finished with 25 points and nine assists.  Gary Williams also started fellow freshman Pe'Shon Howard as he continues to tinker with his lineup.

Maryland took the occasion to retire Greivis Vasquez's #21, but Washington Post writer Mike Wise says that while the idea was to tie the past to the present, the present isn't looking so hot -- and the future may be shaky as well.  Even so, we bet most State fans would trade places in a heartbeat.

Maryland's tournament hopes may be thin, but they are at least alive, as are Clemson's.

The Tigers were down four with less than five minutes left, but Brownell's defensive focus is paying off:  Miami scored just five points from then on.

The Hurricanes were down three with five seconds left when Clemson put Adrian Thomas on the line.  He made one and missed the second, and then Miami fouled Demontez Stitt, who did not repeat the mistake, making both of his with two seconds left.

Not that it mattered, but Durand Scott lost the ball to Devin Booker.

With the win, Clemson moves to 18-9 and 7-6 in the ACC, while  Miami drops to 16-11 and 4-8.  Clemson has three games left: Wake Forest and Virginia Tech at home, with a visit to Duke sandwiched in between.

Duke would be tough (though not impossible), but they could certainly win the other two games and finish 9-7 and 20-10 in the regular season.

That would be a pretty good first season under Brownell.

Virginia Tech's bench may get even thinner: freshman Jarell Eddie was arrested last week on marijuana charges. It's not something that can easily be swept under the rug and puts Seth Greenberg in a bit of a bind.

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