Maryland, UK and the best/worst leagues
by Nicole Auerbach and Eric Prisbell, USA TODAY Sports
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@amandajv81 Do you think the young terps team will be able to mature and win some #ACC games?
Prisbell: Listen, it’s not always pretty and Maryland will at times struggle to cross the 50-point threshold. But I’ve said for a while that the Terrapins will be dangerous by regular season’s end. Here’s my evolved thoughts on the topic: Maryland has a chance to beat just about anyone and has a chance to lose to just about anyone. That is what youth brings a team, and Maryland has loads of it. When I spent some time with Mark Turgeon, he told me the ceiling on this team is extremely high but that he doubts he will be able to sap everything out of this team by April because it is so young. Duke, when fully healthy, is the best team in the league. Miami, when fully healthy, is the wild card and worth buying some stock in. N.C. State has strong potential but prone to underachieving at times as well. The N.C. State win won’t be the last upset for Maryland this season. But expect some more valleys as well. And just hope the combination is good enough to squeeze into the NCAAs.
Auerbach: I see what Eric is saying, and I agree with most of it. The one thing I’ll disagree with is the the chance to beat and also lose to just about anyone. I did watch Maryland blow a lead to and lose to Florida State, BUT I believe the Terps are going to get better and more consistent. They needed to get the ball rolling so to speak, and I believe we’ll see a more comfortable and confident team now that they’ve beaten a good ACC team in N.C. State. I could be wrong, of course. But a good win is a good win, and there’s a reason coaches … [For more on Mailbag: Maryland, Kentucky and the best/worst leagues, click here.]