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Maryland had the same 18-7 overall record heading into Tuesday night’s game at Boston College, though the ACC record wasn’t as strong at 6-6. But the Terrapins do have that Saturday victory over Duke to brag about and there isn’t the ODU type of head-scratcher loss. Maryland’s only non-ACC loss came in the opener against Kentucky. The case is better than Virginia’s, but not by much (and Virginia did win the first meeting between the teams).

These are two teams that will live and die with every victory and loss from here.

Palm’s current No. 1 seeds are Gonzaga, Michigan State, Indiana and Miami. Nolan’s No. 1s are Kansas, Duke, Indiana and Miami.

Miami, you probably recall, is coached by former George Mason coach Jim Larranaga. He knows March quite well, having taken Mason to the Final Four in 2006. In just his second year with the Hurricanes, he had Miami off to a 12-0 start in the ACC going into Tuesday’s game with Virginia. One of the good guys in the game has engineered one of the best stories of the season. Miami last went to the tournament in 2008 and that was its first appearance since 2002. Now the Hurricanes are looking like one of the best teams in the country.

One of the four regional sites this year is Verizon Center. Here’s hoping Miami ends up there, in the middle of the real most wonderful time of the year.