Rapid Reaction: Maryland 76 North Carolina 87

NCAA Tournament hopes are lost as Tar Heels popped the Terps' bubble.

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What it means: Just as hope started to resurface that Maryland (18-11, 7-7 ACC) was in fact an N.C.A.A. Tournament team, the team fell short in their trip to Chapel Hill against the No. 19 Tar Heels. North Carolina (22-6, 12-2 ACC) began to distance themselves late in the first half, forcing the Terrapins into an uphill battle all game long.

The win on Wednesday over Florida State will be Maryland's best win of the season, although they faced a Seminole team without their best scorer and rebounder. Their shortcomings against top-caliber teams like Duke, Pittsburgh, Illinois, Villanova, Temple and now the Tar Heels will push them off of the proverbial tournament bubble, cementing a spot in the N.I.T., bearing the results of the A.C.C. Tournament next month.

Star of the night: The Tar Heels bigger lineup shined against the Terrapins, as forwards Tyler Zeller, John Henson and Harrison Barnes all managed outstanding outings.

Zeller led North Carolina with a team-high 25 points on 10-16 shooting to go along with six rebounds. Off of 23 attempts, Barnes finished with 21 points and six boards as well. Henson helped the Tar Heels outrebound the Terrapins 46 to 42, including 19 offensive boards, with 15 rebounds.

Kendall Marshall, who replaced Larry Drew III in the starting lineups and sparked North Carolina to their stellar player in recent weeks, added a game-high 10 assists with six rebounds and four points.

Williams sets a new career mark: After surpassing the 600-career rebounding mark against the Seminoles earlier in the week, Jordan Williams grabbed a game-best 19 rebounds, setting a new career high. Williams recorded yet another double-double, scoring 16 points.

Terps trends: Reigning A.C.C. Rookie of the Week Terrell Stoglin continued his outstanding play since being inserted into the starting lineup. After back-to-back 25-point outings against Virginia Tech and North Carolina State, and a team-best 17 points Wednesday versus Florida State's stingy defense, Stoglin led Maryland with 28 points.

On the contrary, fellow freshman point guard Pe'Shon Howard has continued his downward spiral since being moved to a reserve role. Howard managed just four points and two assists in just 15 total minutes. Cliff Tucker drew a second straight start over Howard. He managed just seven points and three rebounds.

Adrian Bowie and Sean Mosley combined for 13 points, six assists and seven rebounds. Bowie had been coming off a spectacular 12-point outing against Florida State, while Mosley seemed to have broken a mid-season slump, recording back-to-back 10-point games.

An alarming note – the Terrapins registered just 12 assists to 13 turnovers. Maryland is the nation's eighth-best passing team, averaging more than 17 assists per game. When the Terrapins have 12 assists or less they are 3-4, including losses to Duke, Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh. They are 7-3 when turning the ball over fewer than 13 times.

What's ahead The two-game road trip comes to a close Wednesday when the team travels to Miami (17-12, 5-9 ACC). The Hurricanes have won five of their last eight outings.


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