The Washington Times - March 1, 2009, 11:44PM

Maryland will win seven ACC games next year.

That’s without Greivis Vasquez. Without Dave Neal. Without whoever.

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Why? Because the Terrapins always win seven ACC games.

That’s the conclusion to be drawn from this season, when my 6-10 prediction was ridiculed as laughably optimistic. Instead, it was one of many examples of underestimating Gary Williams.

And, really, it never seems to work out well when you underestimate Williams.

This is the 16th straight year Maryland reached the seven-win plateau in the conference. And while that’s easier to do in the era of a 16-game schedule rather than a 14-game schedule, it is still the third longest streak in conference history.

The full rundown of the longest streaks of at least seven-victory seasons in conference history:

School Years Seasons
North Carolina
37 1965-2001
Duke 18 1954-1971
Maryland 16 1994-present
Wake Forest
15 1991-2005
Duke 14 1996-present

Well, no one’s matching the Dean Smith era run. But besting just about everyone else other than Vic Bubas over the last half-century isn’t a bad feat at all.

Patrick Stevens