Rival coaches in the Atlantic Coast Conference talk about Maryland’s talent, about how the Terps are a scary opponent despite a disappointing record. In its last two games, that concern finally seemed to be legitimate, as Maryland followed a down-to-the-wire defeat at No. 20 Virginia with Saturday’s 69-67 loss at No.8 Duke. Maryland (14-12, 6-7) needs to either win its remaining five regular season games and make a deep run in next month’s ACC tournament – or win the tournament outright – to have any chance at the NCAA tournament. While both seem unlikely given how erratic the Terps have played nearly from the start of the season, their gutty performance at Cameron Indoor Stadium at least renews the interest of some who had lost all hope. "This has been a grind, we've been at North Carolina, at Virginia, at Duke, but it's made us so much better,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "We haven't won any of them, but it's made us better." No matter how close his team came to beating Duke (20-5, 9-3) here for the first time since 2007 – getting two shots within five feet of the basket from sophomore forward Charles Mitchell at the end – Turgeon knows that the Terps still have a couple of chances to build their thin resume. He is also confident that his young team won’t have an emotional letdown when it plays Wake Forest at Comcast Center Tuesday night. The Terps will then have off until they meet No. 1 Syracuse a week from Monday, in what will be the only home sellout of the season. "We’ll get over this,” he said Saturday. “We’re starting to ball now. We’re starting to ball.”