According to Tacy, Wake's shift from its usual zone to a man-to-man defense was decisive and he received little argument from Maryland Coach Lefty Driesell. "Their defense took our fast break away," Driesell said. "But we can't afford to get down too much, just as we can't afford to celebrate a win too much. That's the way it goes in this league."
The game was Maryland's first in ACC competition after a rather soft pre-conference schedule, and it left the conference without an unbeaten team. Eight days earlier there had been four, and the change can all be blamed on the Demon Deacons.