Team of the Moment: Maryland
18-14 (8-8 ACC)
Computer numbers (courtesy of kenpom.com; not counting Thursday's games): RPI 69, SOS 16.
Result today: Lost 71-68 to Boston College in the first round of the ACC Tournament.
"It's a team that's on the cusp of being very good, or they just...go bipolar."
Those are the words of Raycom play-by-play announcer Tim Brant just before a Josh Southern jump hook made the score 60-50 Boston College. And they couldn't be more fitting for a team that went from up double digits to behind in just a matter of minutes tonight. There's plenty of physical talent, but something has been missing in the mental department for just about the entire season for the Terps. Now, they may as well skip out on the selection show on Sunday as two of their last three losses have come against two of the worst teams in the ACC in Virginia and BC. Add in a stunning loss to Clemson after leading by twenty in the second half and you have a team that looks quite appealing to NIT organizers.
On the clock: Arizona. The final game of the night matches a Wildcat team with very good computer numbers, but they've been hit or miss of late when it comes to the "eye test". Yes, a lot of people can whip Oregon State, but can they put up an impressive effort against Stanford? We'll have to tune in and see.