Yes, Maryland can win the ACC tournament

You come here today looking for hope.

You come here asking: Can Maryland win the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament for the first time since 2004?

Don’t lie to me, you say. Don’t toy with my emotions.

Fine, I’ll give it to you straight: Yes, the Terps have a great chance to win it all in Greensboro, N.C., this weekend.

And we’ll get into exactly why in a moment.

But whatever you do, don’t read too much into their sloppy 74-68 win over Virginia on Saturday.

The Terps were playing on fumes for that one after an absolutely exhausting stretch of games.

There was the big, emotional win over Duke on “Senior Night” three days earlier.