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Mar 9, 2014; College Park, MD, USA; Maryland Terrapins guard Dez Wells (32) encourages fans during the second half against the Virginia Cavaliers at Comcast Center. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland bids regular season adieu to ACC with upset of Virginia

The Maryland Terrapins are on their way out of the Atlantic Coast Conference, but they weren’t going to leave–at least in the regular season–without a little fanfare.

The Terps did just that by upsetting the #5 Virginia Cavaliers, who have already secured the regular season ACC title, in a 75-69 overtime win in College Park, Md.

The loss snapped Virginia’s 13-game winning streak, and effectively brought to a close Maryland’s 61-year presence in the conference. It was just the Cavs second onference loss this season and since January 13, when they were edged by Duke. Since the loss to the Blue Devils, Virginia has taken out North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Syracuse and secured a regular season crown and number one seed in the ACC tourney.

Maryland won’t be dancing in the NCAA Tournament unless they can pull off a miraculous run in the ACC Tourney and punch an automatic ticket, but taking out the Cavs is a little bit of solace in what has been a disappointing season for the Terps.

”Today wasn’t just an ordinary game. It was a lot of things,” Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon said. ”We always play for Maryland, but today we played for former players, former coaches, all our fans.”

Next season, Maryland will take their team and their talents to the Big-10, along with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights who are deserting the dwindling Big East/AAC.

[Source: Sports Illustrated]

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