After such an emotional win over Virginia in the ACC regular season finale, their last ACC regular season game ever, you thought maybe the Terps could catch lightning in a bottle? The only lightning was the bolt that hit the Terps with .4 seconds left on the clock, a Boris Bojanovsky slam dunk, end of game, end of tournament, end of 61 years in the ACC. Florida State 67 Maryland 65.
Notes & observations...
- Gotta get big heading to the BIG TEN. The trio of Maryland big men Charles Mitchell, Shaquille Cleare and Jonathan Grahm combined for four points and eight rebounds.
- Seth Allen we'd like 40 minutes. First half he went 5 for 7, had 13 points. He scored just five more in the second half on 1 of 4 shooting.
- NIT? Mark Turgeon said afterwards that the kids are more resilient than the coaches, but they'll take a day and be ready for whatever comes.
Most intriguing note: Redshirt junior forward Evan Smotrycz was a no-go in the game. He suffered back spasms in the game against Virginia. He rested for two days, had a limited practice on Wednesday and as far as head coach Mark Turgeon knew he would have Smotrycz for the game. 40-minutes before the game the Terps trainer told the coach that Smotrycz wasn’t playing or didn’t want to play. Turgeon said after the game that is was Smotrycz's choice not to play.
Listen, no one can know how painful a back injury or tightness is but the person who is suffering from it. Let it go people of Terp Nation who are running wild with your speculation and venom. Stop beating on your own.
See ya in Chicago next year for the Big Ten tournament. Oh wait, I'm still here to cover the Virginia Cavaliers!