Consider those hopes dashed. Georgia Tech leapt out to a massive early lead and the Terps were never able to fully recover, and fell to the Yellow Jackets 69-64 in the quarterfinals of the tournament in Greensboro, NC.
The Terps closed their regular season winning seven consecutive games, in large part thanks to newly crown ACC Player of the Year Greivis Vasquez. However, Vasquez struggled to find a rhythm against the athletic guards of Georgia Tech, finishing with 17 points, four assists and three rebounds, shooting 6-21 from the field and 2-11 from three-point range.
The Terps got a good performance from senior forward Landon Milbourne, who struggled down the stretch for Maryland, as he scored 15 points, grabbed six rebounds and had five steals, keying a comeback in the second half that brought the Terps to within three, but never any closer.
The Terps were down as much as 18 points in the first half, struggling to stop the Yellow Jackets' shooters and their big men. Georgia Tech shot 66 percent in the game from behind the arc, and outrebounded Maryland 38-30.
Point guard Iman Shumpert, who scored 14 and had the task of guarding Vasquez, led the Yellow Jackets. He was guarding Vasquez as the Venezuelan tried to tie the game with seven seconds left, and stripped the ball away, effectively ending the game.