Why Maryland and the University of Maryland could have a lot in common with the two teams
When Maryland and Washington State met in the NCAA tournament, it was not because they were the top two teams in the country.
They were the two most decorated teams in college basketball history.
Maryland was a national power and Washington was the last of the old-fashioned, power-and-defense-first Pac-10 teams.
They played in a rivalry that had grown old, even after the sport’s popularity had exploded in the early 1990s.
It was a game in which the players knew they had to come to work and that the coach knew they would not be late.
That was the difference between a season in which Maryland was undefeated and one in which Washington won the championship and was the national champion.
Now, that rivalry is going to be part of the fabric of Maryland basketball and in Washington basketball.
“I think we can say that this is one of the most important rivalry games in the history of the University,” coach Mark Turgeon said.
“It was a tough, close game, but it was also a game that, ultimately, made history.”
Maryland’s season began in the ACC, where it was 5-4 in conference play, a mark that would never be repeated.
The Terps won the conference tournament, but the conference championships went to Washington State.
The rivalry was born, and Washington’s success in the Pac-12 was a huge part of that.
But this rivalry was something more.
“Maryland had a really good team that they could win games against and play very well,” Washington head coach Jay Wright said.
And the Terps, in a way, were a much better team in the SEC.
They had a top-10 offense and a top 10 defense, and both teams had a great fan base.
“When we played in the PAC-12, we had some guys that had been playing in the NBA, and they were like, ‘I can’t wait to see you play in the Big Dance,'” Wright said, “but they never really saw that level of success.
The SEC, they could play a good basketball team and get to a championship.
But they never did that.
So when they play in those conferences, it’s always a very tough game.”
It was in the second half of the 1991-92 season that Maryland and Virginia reached their first NCAA tournament.
The teams were playing in their first ACC tournament.
They faced each other in the first round, but both teams went on to win the tournament.
Maryland went on as a 7 seed, while Virginia went on in the Sweet 16.
“We just kind of knew we had to beat them, but we didn’t know that we would,” Turgeon recalled.
“So it was a really difficult game.
We knew we were going to lose it, but at the same time, we knew that we had a chance to win it.”
That was exactly what happened.
In the second game, the Terp bench hit 11 3-pointers in the third quarter.
They scored 38 points in the fourth quarter.
Virginia never trailed in the game, and the Terrapins got to the free throw line only once.
That is a record for a Virginia team to ever break, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
They would go on to lose in five games.
The two teams played in one of those games a year later in the 1993-94 season, when Virginia won by 26.
They then met again in the 2001-02 season, this time in the Elite Eight.
This time, Virginia would take the title.
The Maryland bench scored 54 points in a 79-70 victory.
They shot 47 percent in the paint, and scored 38 of their 48 points in transition.
Washington led the entire way, hitting 43.3 percent from the field.
That record was broken only once before in the conference finals of the NCAA.
Maryland, by the way, never played the next two NCAA tournament games.
“What a game, it would be, in the old days, the game where it’s all about the basketball,” Wright said of the 2003 title game.
“That was a good rivalry game, in that we were playing against a team that was really good and had been to the Final Four the year before, and we just didn’t have the same chemistry.”
The two sides will play again this season.
“There’s not a whole lot of people in the world that can remember the last time they played, but they had some of the best teams in history and that is a good thing,” Turgeons said.
The second time Maryland and Maryland State met was in 2017, and Wright said it was an epic matchup.
“They’re both going to go to the NCAA Tournament and win championships,” he said.
Turgeon, for one, has a lot to look forward to.
“My job is to win.
I think we have a really strong team, a very talented team, and I think that we have to do something to get them in the tournament,” he