The day started with the 8-9 matchup between Maryland and Wake Forest, with the winner moving on to play top-seed North Carolina on Friday.
Maryland ended the first half on a 9-3 run to take a 36-31 halftime lead. The Terrapins carried that momentum into the second half, as they opened on a 15-4 run. They never looked back en route to their 82-60 victory.
Maryland out-rebounded WF 39-24 and they out-scored WF 44-28 in the paint. They also shot 54% from the field.
The ACC’s leading scorer, Terrell Stoglin, was unhappy about not being named to the All-ACC first team. Many said it was because he takes too many bad shots and he isn’t team-oriented. Stoglin took that to heart, especially in the first half (he had just five points prior to Maryland’s run to end the half). He finished with 25 points and made 4-of-5 shots in the second half. Nick Faust totaled 19 points and James Padgett added ten for the Terps.
Wake only had three players score in the first half: CJ Harris (13 points), Travis McKie (nine points), and Nikita Mescheriakov (nine points). That continued in the second half, as those three combined for 52 of Wake’s 60 points. However Harris only scored one point in the second half.