COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Maryland needs a historical run to win the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and avoid an unwanted trip to the NIT.

The Terrapins (18-13, 7-9) have lost three straight, including a humbling 14-point defeat at home against Virginia on Saturday. That ruined Maryland's bid to earn an at-large bid to the NCCA tournament, so now its only hope is to become the first team ever to win four straight games at the ACC tourney.

The Terrapins open Thursday night against North Carolina State. If they win, it's Duke on Friday.

Maryland hopes to emulate the 2004 team, which beat the top three seeds to earn the conference championship.

Guard Terrell Stoglin, the team's second-leading scorer, says, "We're confident we can do it."