The Maryland Terrapins men’s basketball Staff Signifies the University of Maryland in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I competition.
Maryland, a founding member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), abandoned the ACC in 2014 to join the Big Ten Conference.
Gary Williams, who coached the Terrapins from 1989 to 2011, directed the program into its best success, including two consecutive Final Fours, which culminated in the 2002 NCAA National Championship. Under Williams, Maryland appeared in eleven straight NCAA Tournaments from 1994 to 2004. He retired in May 2011 and was replaced by former Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon.
The Terrapins played in what many consider to be the biggest Atlantic Coast Conference game ever — and one of the best college basketball games ever — that the championship of this 1974 ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament, in which they lost 103–100 in overtime to eventual national champion North Carolina State. The game has been instrumental in forcing the growth of the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship, hence allowing for at-large bids and the inclusion of more than one team per conference. That Maryland group, together with six prospective NBA draft picks, is considered by many to be the best team not to have engaged in the NCAA tournament.
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