The chance for a win against one of the ACC’s upper echelon teams comes today as Maryland is set to host Florida State at Comcast Center tonight at 9:00. For the Terps, they do get one break, literally. Florida State’s leading scorer Chris Singleton is out with a broken foot. For the Terps this is yet another chance to get over the hump and get that win against a top 50 team. Of course people will look at it differently as Singleton will be out.
Currently, the Terps RPI jumped “all the way up” to 85 after sitting at 89 last week. Still not exactly in the neighborhood you want to be in. Luckily for Maryland, Florida State is currently 50 on the nose according to Jerry Palm and his website. Obviously, Maryland has little to no room for error, and this win at home is a must. I am going to go out and say it. The rest of them are must wins. There isn’t much hope short of winning out the regular season, and getting at least two in the ACC tournament. Even that would put us squarely on the bubble, and depending how things worked out in conference tournaments, may still not be enough to say we are in.
Back to today though, the first step in that unlikely journey is tonight, and at home. We will tackle the other games after tonight’s. Now we need to make sure it is a win at home.
The key for Maryland will be two folded as I see it. First they have to rebound, and that may be a little bit easier without Singleton in there. Secondly, Maryland needs to have help for Jordan Williams. If Terrell Stoglin and Dino Gregory are going to continue to step up and help Williams, they have a legitimate chance to win this game. If the Terps can’t get any outside scoring help, then things could be tough tonight, as Florida State will be able to pack it in, and force someone else to beat them. If they can’t pull it out tonight all this RPI talk will turn into RIP for the senior class. I will officially call off any hopes if they can’t win. Until then however, I am still hanging on by a thread that they could pull it out.