Maryland Beats Duke, 83-74, But is That Enough to Get into the NCAA Tournament Field?

Dez Wells scored 30 points, didn’t miss a foul shot, and Duke couldn’t make 3-pointers, and the Terps stunned the Blue Devils, 83-74, to vault back into the NCAA Tournament picture.

The Terps only finished 8-10 in ACC play, but are now 22-11 and have beaten Duke – which probably isn’t a No. 1 seed anymore – twice. But is that enough?

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The Blue Devils, which hadn’t lost with Ryan Kelly this season, shot a woeful 4-of-25 from beyond the arc. Kelly was 0-for-6. How can the committee deny Miami a No. 1 seed if the Hurricanes win the ACC tournament after winning the regular season title? They can’t. It’ll be Miami or the Big Ten runner up or Kansas.

Next up for the Terps in the semifinals is North Carolina, which has beaten Maryland twice this season by double figures in each game. Dez Wells (10-of-10 from the foul line) had two strong games against UNC this season, but his supporting cast was dreadful.

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