WFU Set To Face Maryland In ACC Tournament

Wake Forest will be the No. 9 seed and take on No. 8 seed Maryland in the opening round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament to be held March 8-11 at Philips Arena in Atlanta.

The Demon Deacons and the Terrapins will open the Tournament on Thursday, March 8, at noon. The game will be televised on the ACC Network and on ESPNU and also be broadcast on the Wake Forest IMG College Sports Network.

The winner of Thursday's Wake Forest-Maryland game will take on No. 1 seed North Carolina on Friday at noon.

Wake Forest finished the regular season 13-17 overall and 4-12 in the ACC. The Deacons finished in a four-way tie for ninth in the conference standings, along with Boston College, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. Wake Forest won the tiebreaker for the ninth seed by virtue of its combined 4-1 record against the other three teams that finished 4-12.

Maryland went 16-14 overall and 6-10 in the ACC during the regular season. The Terrapins earned a 70-64 defeat of the Deacons on Jan. 11 in College Park. Maryland lost three straight and four of its last five to end the regular season.

The Deacons are 3-5 all-time against the Terrapins in ACC Tournament play. However, Wake Forest has lost five straight Tournament games to Maryland, including a 2009 quarterfinal setback that saw the No. 7-seeded Terps upset the No. 2-seeded Deacons in Atlanta.

Wake Forest's last postseason win over Maryland came in 1963 during the first round in Raleigh. The Deacons also beat the Terps in 1961 and in 1954, which was the first ACC Tournament ever held.

Overall, Maryland leads the all-time series with Wake Forest 65-56. The Terps have won three straight in the series, including this season's victory.

Wake Forest has never previously been the No. 9 seed in the ACC Tournament. The Deacons' only prior appearance in the 8/9 game came at the 2008 ACC Tournament in Charlotte when ninth-seeded Florida State upset eighth-seeded Wake Forest.

The Deacons have not fared well in ACC Tournaments played in the city of Atlanta, as Wake Forest is winless in five games. The Deacons are 0-2 against Maryland in Atlanta.

However, the Deacons should be familiar with the venue, having played in Philips Arena in their regular season finale at Georgia Tech this past Saturday.

At last season's ACC Tournament in Greensboro, Wake Forest entered as the No. 12 seed and lost to No. 5 seed Boston College in the opening round.

The Deacons have won ACC Tournament titles in 1961, 1962, 1995 and 1996.

Wake Forest has advanced to the finals on 10 occasions and to the semifinal round 27 times. Wake is 42-53 all-time in ACC Tournament play.

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