CSN Final Exam: Any Top 25 wins in ACC play?

CSN Final Exam: Any Top 25 wins in ACC play?
December 18, 2013, 6:30 pm
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As Maryland players take a week to complete their final exams, CSN is building its own final exam to evaluate the season so far, including the ups, the downs, and what might be ahead. It will be 10 questions, two each day from Monday to Friday. Think you can ace it?

Question 6: Of the three ACC teams currently ranked in the AP Top 25 that Maryland will play, who will the Terrapins beat?

a) North Carolina, Feb. 4

b) Duke, Feb. 15

c) Syracuse, Feb. 24

d) None

CSN’s Answer: d) None

In one final trip through the ACC, nothing would taste sweeter for the Terrapins to sweep through Carolina and beat Duke and UNC on the road. Scheduling put them at a disadvantage to start, but they likely wouldn’t beat them, even if those two teams were coming to College Park.

Duke’s Jabari Parker is a one of the three best freshman in the country and it doesn’t look like Maryland would have any answer for him. Added to that, the one way to best beat Duke is by having overwhelming size and the Terrapins don’t have that, either.

North Carolina, the most perplexing team in the country to begin the season after wins over Michigan State and Louisville but losses to UAB and Belmont, got stronger today. Leslie McDonald has been cleared to play by the NCAA, though it looks like P.J. Hairston might be out for the season with the eligibility issues he is currently working through.

Meanwhile, this side of the Mississippi River, Syracuse looks like the best team in the country. Freshman point guard Tyler Ennis is always in control and the perfect floor general for a team that has C.J. Fair as its centerpiece.

Maryland would love to have one of these games to add to its tournament resume, which is already pretty weak to begin with. Will it happen? I don’t see it.

Miss the other questions on the exam? Catch up below:

Question 1: Who is Maryland's midseason MVP?

Question 2: Who should be the starting PG once Allen returns?

Question 3: What should Nick Faust’s role be?

Question 4: Should Charles Mitchell start?

Question 5: Should Jonathan Graham be getting more minutes?

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