No. 5 Virginia won't carry the burden of a lengthy winning streak into the postseason.
Maryland's final home game as a member of the ACC turned into a thrill ride that ended with Terrapins fans spilling onto the court Sunday to celebrate a 75-69 overtime victory over the Cavaliers, who had won 13 straight.
Maryland nearly squandered the magical victory at the end of regulation when it allowed London Perrantes to feed Anthony Gill with a beautiful inbound pass underneath the basket for a short jumper that tied it up.(Check out the Loop below).
For a few minutes, it looked like the Cavaliers might escape and extend their winning streak to 14 games on the final day of the regular season. But Virginia scored only five points in overtime and missed four 3-point attempts in the final minute while Maryland relied on Seth Allen, who scored five of his 20 points in overtime. Maryland is moving to the Big Ten next season after playing in the ACC for 61 years.
Eight days after cutting down its nets following a win over Syracuse that delivered the first ACC regular season title in 33 years, Virginia must regroup heading into the conference tournament. The Cavaliers have their doubters, most of whom simply aren't used to seeing the Cavaliers ranked among the nation's best. But this team is determined defensively and has the depth and production spread among numerous players. It's the kind of team that often makes a deep run in the postseason.
Meanwhile, Maryland is already in postseason mode and will have to win the ACC tournament to get to the NCAA tournament. Sunday was a good start.