The Maryland Terrapins men’s basketball team represents the University of Maryland in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I competition.
Maryland, a founding member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), left the ACC in 2014 to combine the Big Ten Conference.
Gary Williams, who coached the Terrapins from 1989 to 2011, directed the program to its best success, such as two consecutive Final Fours, which culminated in the 2002 NCAA National Championship. Under Williams, Maryland appeared in twenty five straight NCAA Tournaments from 1994 to 2004. He retired in May 2011 and has been replaced by former Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon.
The Terrapins played in what many consider to be the biggest Atlantic Coast Conference match in history — and among the best college basketball games — that the championship of this 1974 ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament, in which they dropped 103–100 in overtime to eventual national champion North Carolina State. The game has been instrumental in forcing the expansion of the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship, thus allowing for at-large bids and the addition of more than one team per conference. That Maryland group, together with six future NBA draft picks, is regarded by many to be the best team to not have participated in the NCAA tournament.
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