Deacs Begin ACC Tourney Friday

Wake Forest begins pursuit of its first ACC Tournament title since 1996 when the No. 3 seed Demon Deacons take on No. 6 seed Maryland Friday in the quarterfinals of the 51st ACC Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum (approximately 9:20 p.m./ESPN2 and Raycom-JP).

The 15th-ranked Demon Deacons, 19-8 overall, enter the ACC Tournament with a two-game losing streak. Wake Forest lost at Virginia (84-82) last Tuesday, then fell at home to 16th-ranked NC State (81-70) on Saturday.

The Terrapins, 16-11, ride a two-game winning streak. Maryland won at NC State (70-69) last Wednesday, then beat rival Virginia (70-61) Sunday night.

Wake Forest and Maryland play the final of four quarterfinal games on Friday. No. 1 seed Duke plays the Clemson/Virginia winner at noon, followed by No. 4 Georgia Tech against No. 5 North Carolina, and No. 2 NC State versus No. 7 Florida State.

The last time Wake Forest met Maryland in the ACC Tournament came in the quarterfinals of the 2001 tournament in Atlanta. The No. 3 seed Terrapins whipped the No. 6 seed Demon Deacons, 71-53. Maryland went on to go to the Final Four that season.

Maryland leads the all-time series, 56-53. The Deacons swept the regular season series with Maryland for the first time since 1997-98.

The winner of the Wake Forest-Maryland game advances to Saturday's semifinal against the winner of the NC State-Florida State game. Wake has advanced to the semifinals in each of the two previous tournaments.

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