Tip-top Terps: all-time best

Ncaa Tournament

The Final Four

March 31, 2001

1930-31: A season in the zone

The Terrapins won their only Southern Conference championship by defeating Louisiana State, North Carolina, Georgia and Kentucky to finish with an 18-4 record. Using coach Burt Shipley's pet zone defense, Maryland produced an All-American in Louis "Bosey" Berger and another all-conference player in center Ed Ronkin. It was a different era, when teams knew little in advance about each other, there was no television coverage and scoring was minimal. Berger hit the winning shot against Kentucky in a 29-27 finale.

1973-74: Most talented team can only watch the postseason

This team, probably the most talented in school history, went nowhere in the postseason after losing the 103-100 overtime classic to N.C. State in the ACC championship. It was the final year only one team from each conference was eligible for the NCAAs and Maryland spurned the NIT. It was the senior year of Elmore and Mcmillen. The opening of perennial national champ UCLA brought heartbreak in a 65-64 loss to Bill Walton and company, and three defeats to Thompson and N.C. State ruined the league race for the Terps. the Terps cruched both Duke and North Carolina in the ACC tourney. But the tournament finally ended in a sixth consecutive loss to the Wolpack, even though theTerps shot 61 percent in one of history'sgreatest college games.

FOR THE RECORD - The spelling of Lonny Baxter has been corrected for the electronic database. See microfilm for original story.

1957-58: ACC can't knock UM off-balance

Revelation of this team's might came early when it beat No. 1 Kentucky, 71-62, in the season's third game at Cole Field House. The Terrapins went on to whip defending national champ North Carolina at home, had a 22-7 season, captured the Atlantic Coast Conference title for the first time, won their first NCAA game and finished No. 6 in the nation. In the league tournament in Raleigh, Maryland won the title game over North Carolina, 86-74, while sinking 40 of 52 at the foul line. Coached by Bud Millikan, the roster featured balance with a capable big man in Al Bunge, the flamboyant Charlie McNeil at forward and high-scoring Nick Davis in the backcourt. The Terps walloped Boston College at Madison Square Garden in the first round of the NCAAs, then lost to No. 5-ranked Temple, 71-67, in the East Regional semifinals.

1972-73: Fresh faces land Terps among Elite

Loaded with talent after the NCAA passed a freshman-eligible rule to put John Lucas and Mo Howard on the roster, this Maryland team was the ACC preseason favorite and went 23-7, but the Terps couldn't cope with unbeaten N.C. State and David Thompson in the league. Reaching the NCAA's Elite Eight, the Terps lost, 103-89, to a Providence team led by Marvin Barnes and Ernie DiGregorio. Maryland earned the NCAA bid by beating Wake Forest in the ACC semis, because N.C. State was on probation.

1983-84: Announcing the arrival of a star

Sophomore Len Bias had his coming-out party in the ACC tournament, carrying the Terps to the title with an incredible three-game run (56 points, 18 rebounds, 60 percent shooting). After the 74-62 victory over Duke in the title game, Driesell vowed to attach his first (and only) ACC tournament trophy to the hood of his car and drive across the state of North Carolina. Maryland (24-8) went on to lose in the Sweet 16 to Illinois, 72-70, and finished No. 11 in the country.

1987-88: UM goes deep

Coming off his first season as head coach at Maryland, a year in which the Terrapins finished 9-17 and didn't win a single ACC game, Bob Wade put together one of the deepest teams in school history. Derrick Lewis, who despite being only 6-7 was among the best post players in the ACC, was joined by a cast that included point guard Rudy Archer, a junior college transfer from Baltimore, and Tony Massenburg and Keith Gatlin, both of whom were ineligible the previous season in the fallout from the death of Bias. In the NCAA tournament, they beat Cal-Santa Barbara before losing to second-seeded Kentucky, 90-81.

1971-72: Youth is served with NIT championship

In Lefty Driesell's third season, his furious recruiting paid off with a National Invitation Tournament title, a 27-5 record and a No. 14 final ranking. Tom McMillen arrived on the varsity to average 20.9 points as a sophomore; fellow sophomore Len Elmore broke the school record with 351 rebounds; and Driesell got his breakthrough victory, 79-77, in overtime against North Carolina at Cole, before settling for the NIT after the Tar Heels beat them in the ACC tournament. Maryland's toughest test in the NIT came from run-and-gun Jacksonsville in the semis, but McMillen and Elmore thrived in a 91-77 shootout.

1974-75: Low profile, big results

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