Fast Break

“The time is short.

And the road is long.

In the blinking of an eye,

Ah, that moment’s gone” – “One Shining Moment”

It’s well within their reach and they know it.

For the first time in recent memory, the Maryland Terps shot out in front of the pack in the Atlantic Coast Conference and held a lead in the league at the end of  January.

In the forgiving world of college basketball, it doesn’t matter.

This isn’t college football, where one loss could cripple your shot at a national championship. In theory, you could finish the regular season 4-28, win your conference tournament and go on to win the NCAA Championship. I’m thinking UMBC hopes this improbable act will happen in the magical month of March.

Maryland, an unranked team, leads the prominent conference in the country. Even though the ACC isn’t the best conference in the country this season, the ACC commands respect. With 11 games left on the slate, the Terps could finish the regular season with just a handful of losses. This could give Maryland a 3-seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Even as we enter the shortest month of the season, college basketball has a long way to determine a national champion. You obviously don’t want to peak until March. It’s a system that forgives losses very easily – until you reach tournament time.

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