March 16 (Bloomberg) -- Dez Wells scored a career-high 30 points to lead the University of Maryland to an 83-74 defeat of second-ranked Duke University in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s college basketball tournament.
Maryland is vying for one of 68 spots in the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament that starts March 19. The NCAA will set the schedule tomorrow after announcing the participating teams and seeds.
Jake Layman, Alex Len, Nick Faust and Seth Allen each contributed 10 points for the Terrapins in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mason Plumlee led the Blue Devils with 19 points and reserve Rasheed Sulaimon added 16 points.
The Terrapins next play North Carolina, who beat Florida State 83-62. Miami, which defeated Boston College 69-58, and North Carolina State, which topped Virginia 75-56, will meet in the other semifinal.
In the Big East, Syracuse eliminated Georgetown 58-55 in overtime to reach the conference tournament final against No. 4 Louisville, which defeated Notre Dame 69-57.
Kansas defeated Iowa State 88-73 and Kansas State beat Oklahoma State 68-57 to advance to the Big 12 championship.
In the Big Ten quarterfinals, it was No. 3 Indiana 80, Illinois 64; Wisconsin 68, No. 6 Michigan 59; No. 10 Ohio State 71, Nebraska 50, and No. 8 Michigan State 59, Iowa 56.
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