Wednesday, March 4, 2009


No. 10 WAKE FOREST 65, MARYLAND 63 – The loss leaves Maryland clinging precariously to the bubble. If the Terps can beat Virginia in the finale, they will finish the regulars season 8-8, but Big Dance prognosticators don’t seem to think that is good enough with the Morgan State loss at home dangling around their necks. It is likely that Maryland will have to win at least two ACC tournament games along with their regular season finale to get a bid.

Wake’s Al-Farouq Aminu posted a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds.

With the win, Wake Forest moves to 23-5 overall and 10-5 in the ACC. The Deacons have posted double-digit ACC wins for the first time since 2004-05 (13-3) and just the third time in the past 12 seasons.

Maryland drops to 18-11 overall and 7-8 in league play.

The Terps led by as many as 11 in the first half before Wake staged its comeback in the second period. With the Terrapins holding a 54-48 lead with just over seven minutes left, the Deacons went on an 11-0 run to re-take the lead for good.

It was senior night for the Terps’ Dave Neal, whom T.A.H. College Basketball Analyst Tom “The Blaze” Blaser has labeled “not a Divisison 1 basketball player” (on more than one occasion, we might add!). To his credit, as Blaze also notes, Neal is all brains and hustle. Last night, Neal (#35) outplayed both his resume and his pedigree scoring 19 points and grabbing 6 rebounds in 23 minutes of action.

Jeff Teague went 4-for-5 at the free throw line in the final minute to ice the game for Wake.

(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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