Maryland vs. North Carolina ACC Semifinals Picks & Predictions 3/16/13

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The time is here for more of our sparkling CBB picks, as we look at the schedule for basketball for Saturday night. The North Carolina Tar Heels and Maryland Terrapins will have it the ACC Tournament Semifinals, which can be seen on the college basketball TV schedule on ESPN.

ACC Tournament Semifinals Picks: Maryland Terrapins vs. North Carolina Tar Heels
Date: Saturday, March 16th, 3:00 ET
Location: Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC
Maryland vs. North Carolina Live TV: ESPN

The Terrapins had to use absolutely everything that they had to beat the Duke Blue Devils on Friday night, and they should be proud that they essentially did it in a de facto road game in Greensboro. Now, it is going to take another huge effort to set aside a North Carolina team that really plays into the Terrapins’ weaknesses. Maryland is going to have to use C Alex Len very carefully in this game. He could have a dominating game on the boards, as he is easily going to be the biggest man on the court in most instances. However, he could be slowed down by the pace of the game, show signs of fatigue, and ultimately end up having to sit on the bench. What we’re worried about though, isn’t Len. It’s whether the Terps are going to be able to keep up or not. North Carolina played in a relatively easy game against the Florida State Seminoles on Friday night, and it is certainly the more rested team, having only played one game here in Greensboro, as opposed to the two of the Terps. Maryland’s magic might have it hanging around in this game, especially if G Dez Wells goes off for another stellar performance. However, the mismatches will wear down as the game continues, and eventually, North Carolina will eke out a victory. It just won’t be good enough to cover.

Maryland vs. North Carolina Pick: Maryland Terrapins
ACC Semifinals Prediction: North Carolina 72 – Maryland 67

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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