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Dez Wells had a ridiculous dunk but he couldn’t save Maryland at Virginia

The lone bright spot for Maryland in Sunday evening's deflating overtime loss at Virginia came via a Dez Wells coast-to-coast drive.

The sophomore forward weaved through Virginia defenders, attacked the rim and threw down a huge one-handed jam to tie the game at 56 with 2:46 remaining in overtime.

Nice as that dunk was, it did little to soothe Maryland's frustration at squandering a 13-point halftime lead in a game it had to win to keep any at-large hopes alive. Virginia tied the game on a short turnaround jumper from Mike Tobey with five seconds left in regulation and did just enough to win in overtime, all but ensuring the Terps will have to win the ACC tournament to earn an NCAA bid.

Though Virginia's  situation isn't quite as bleak, the Cavaliers certainly can't be comfortable.

A win over either fifth-seeded NC State or 12th-seeded Virginia Tech in the ACC quarterfinals may be essential, but it's hard to know for sure because of how unusual Virginia's profile is. The Cavaliers have beaten the likes of Duke, Wisconsin, Tennessee, NC State and North Carolina but they also have losses against seven sub-100 RPI teams including three from the CAA.

(Thanks for the video, Run the Floor)

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