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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2013
It stands to reason that every die-hard Maryland basketball fan of a certain age remembers where they were 10 years ago Friday. In the first game of their NCAA tournament title defense, the Terps trailed UNC-Wilmington 73-72 in a first-round game in Nashville. Senior guard Drew Nicholas took the inbounds pass, raced up the court and launched a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give Maryland a 75-73 win. Does it really feel like that unforgettable NCAA tournament moment happened 10 years ago?
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2013
It stands to reason that every die-hard Maryland basketball fan of a certain age remembers where they were 10 years ago Friday. In the first game of their NCAA tournament title defense, the Terps trailed UNC-Wilmington 73-72 in a first-round game in Nashville. Senior guard Drew Nicholas took the inbounds pass, raced up the court and launched a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give Maryland a 75-73 win. Does it really feel like that unforgettable NCAA tournament moment happened 10 years ago?
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2012
It was a departure met with major media coverage and ample blog and message-board discussion. Typically the parting of ways between a pro basketball team and a player scoring seven points a game wouldn't be dissected at such an intense level. Drew Nicholas , however, is not your typical overseas player. In the nine years since Nicholas finished his Maryland career, the 6-foot-3 shooting guard has won multiple championships and scoring titles for some of the premier franchises in the Euro League.
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2012
It was a departure met with major media coverage and ample blog and message-board discussion. Typically the parting of ways between a pro basketball team and a player scoring seven points a game wouldn't be dissected at such an intense level. Drew Nicholas , however, is not your typical overseas player. In the nine years since Nicholas finished his Maryland career, the 6-foot-3 shooting guard has won multiple championships and scoring titles for some of the premier franchises in the Euro League.
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By Greg Abel and Greg Abel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 15, 2005
ROME - On the same blustery late February evening that the University of Maryland men's basketball team battled North Carolina in front of nearly 18,000 fans at Comcast Center, former Terrapins shooting guard Drew Nicholas took the court in Rome, six time zones and 4,500 miles away. His team, Basket Livorno, had traveled three hours by bus to the Ancient City to take on Lottomatica Roma, a team led by former UCLA star Tyus Edney. As March Madness approaches in the United States, fans in Rome likely had little idea that they were about to watch two players who created two of the most famous moments in recent NCAA tournament history.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | March 27, 2003
COLLEGE PARK - With apologies to Butler, Drew Nicholas is penning what may be the sweetest success story in this NCAA tournament. Midway through his college basketball career, Nicholas was best known as the guy who blew an epochal game against Duke. Now, he is Maryland's Mr. Clutch. Two years after his suspect handle and dry mouth squandered a big lead on the despised Blue Devils, Nicholas needed just five seconds to dribble nearly 30 yards through UNC-Wilmington, launch an off-balance three-pointer and land on the happier side of the Terps' legend.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | March 19, 2003
COLLEGE PARK - Senior point guard Steve Blake waited for three years to inherit the kind of freedom he has enjoyed in the Maryland Terrapins' offense. Senior shooting guard Drew Nicholas waited for three years to become a starter who expected to play at least 30 minutes every night. Together, the backcourt of Blake and Nicholas represents the backbone of Maryland, as the Terps begin the defense of their first NCAA championship. On a team that has gotten sometimes wildly inconsistent play from its frontcourt, Blake and Nicholas are the closest things to go-to guys on the Maryland roster.
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November 22, 2002
Terps at a glance Coach: Gary Williams, 14th year at Maryland (274-143), 25th overall (481-271) Affiliation: Atlantic Coast Conference 2001-02 record: 32-4 (15-1 ACC), won regular-season conference title, lost to North Carolina State in conference tournament semifinals, beat Indiana to win NCAA tournament Radio: WBAL (1090 AM) Arena: Comcast Center (17,950) Consensus ACC favorite: Duke Consensus Maryland pick: 2nd Starters lost: 4 Starting lineup: G Steve Blake, G Drew Nicholas, F Tahj Holden, F Nik Caner-Medley, C Ryan Randle Outlook: It's a new era at Maryland in more ways than one. Besides defending the first national title in school history, the Terps have a new home court at Comcast Center and a much different roster compared with the team that went to back-to-back Final Fours.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2010
Worst losses: Michigan State, last year's NCAA tournament; Duke in the 2001 Final Four; Duke in the 2001 regular season ( Blue Devils rallied from late, 10-point deficit). Memorable shots: Drew Nicholas buzzer beater against UNC-Wilmington in 2003 NCAA tournament for Williams' 500th win; Juan Dixon and Steve Blake hit back-to-back 3-pointers against Connecticut in the 2002 NCAA tournament. "That got us to the Final Four -- those two shots," Williams said. Back-breaking moment: "When I was at Boston College, we lost to Syracuse.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | November 24, 1999
NEW YORK -- When Maryland last met Kentucky, the Wildcats were defending NCAA champions and the Terps were in position to claim their first-ever No. 1 ranking.The stakes aren't as high, but the stage is a little grander, as two programs that are reliant this time on potential, not proven talent, will collide at Madison Square Garden tonight at 8 in the second semifinal of the Preseason National Invitation Tournament.Arizona and upstart Notre Dame meet in the first semifinal, with the consolation and championship scheduled for Friday.
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The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2011
Villanova men's basketball coach Jay Wright remembers the moment when much of his philosophy about the game changed, when he went from being a more conventional tactician to becoming the modern-game guru in the art of what he and others call small ball — in essence going to a guard-heavy lineup that typically features three, and sometimes four, backcourt players. For Wright and the Wildcats, it came as they were preparing to play North Carolina in the Sweet 16 of the 2005 NCAA tournament.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2010
Worst losses: Michigan State, last year's NCAA tournament; Duke in the 2001 Final Four; Duke in the 2001 regular season ( Blue Devils rallied from late, 10-point deficit). Memorable shots: Drew Nicholas buzzer beater against UNC-Wilmington in 2003 NCAA tournament for Williams' 500th win; Juan Dixon and Steve Blake hit back-to-back 3-pointers against Connecticut in the 2002 NCAA tournament. "That got us to the Final Four -- those two shots," Williams said. Back-breaking moment: "When I was at Boston College, we lost to Syracuse.
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By Jeff Barker | jeff.barker@baltsun.com | February 20, 2010
Not since Drew Nicholas beat UNC Wilmington in 2003 had a Maryland Terrapin hit a buzzer-beating shot of the sort that Cliff Tucker rained down on Georgia Tech on Saturday before a frenzied sellout crowd at Comcast Center. Tucker's heroics might not have come in the NCAA tournament as Nicholas' did, but the junior guard's corner jumper carried its own set of circumstances that made it an instant classic. Tucker's 3-pointer -- the buzzer sounded while the shot was in the air -- beat Georgia Tech, 76-74, to keep Maryland undefeated (6-0)
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By Greg Abel and Greg Abel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 15, 2005
ROME - On the same blustery late February evening that the University of Maryland men's basketball team battled North Carolina in front of nearly 18,000 fans at Comcast Center, former Terrapins shooting guard Drew Nicholas took the court in Rome, six time zones and 4,500 miles away. His team, Basket Livorno, had traveled three hours by bus to the Ancient City to take on Lottomatica Roma, a team led by former UCLA star Tyus Edney. As March Madness approaches in the United States, fans in Rome likely had little idea that they were about to watch two players who created two of the most famous moments in recent NCAA tournament history.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | March 29, 2003
SAN ANTONIO - This time, there would be no last-second heroics for the Maryland Terrapins, who relinquished their grip as defending NCAA champions last night at the Alamodome, but not without the kind of fight that has characterized the Terps this season. Senior point guard Steve Blake missed a game-winning, three-point attempt from the top of the key as time expired, and the seventh-seeded Michigan State Spartans survived a furious late rally by No. 6 seed Maryland to escape with a 60-58 victory in a hard-fought NCAA tournament South Regional semifinal before 33,009.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | March 27, 2003
COLLEGE PARK - With apologies to Butler, Drew Nicholas is penning what may be the sweetest success story in this NCAA tournament. Midway through his college basketball career, Nicholas was best known as the guy who blew an epochal game against Duke. Now, he is Maryland's Mr. Clutch. Two years after his suspect handle and dry mouth squandered a big lead on the despised Blue Devils, Nicholas needed just five seconds to dribble nearly 30 yards through UNC-Wilmington, launch an off-balance three-pointer and land on the happier side of the Terps' legend.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | November 2, 2001
COLLEGE PARK - Andre Collins knows plenty about the need to adjust. Ever since he graduated from Crisfield (Md.) High School in 2000, life has been a series of changes for the 5-foot-9 freshman point guard. A year ago, in need of academic help to qualify for the Division I scholarship the University of Maryland had offered him, Collins enrolled at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. "I had to adjust to getting up at 6 in the morning, lights out at 10 and a whole bunch of rules.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | November 28, 2001
COLLEGE PARK - They were quicker, more aggressive, more inspired, and the Maryland Terrapins were not about to let their precious home-court advantage go to waste. No. 5 Maryland made a memorable, early-season statement at sold-out Cole Field House last night by taking control of No. 2 Illinois in the first half, leading for the final 30 minutes, and wearing out the Fighting Illini, 76-63, in the opening game of the third ACC/Big Ten Challenge. In what was their most impressive effort of a young season, Maryland (4-1)
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | March 23, 2003
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Drew Nicholas barely had time to digest what he had done, since the Maryland Terrapins were busily preparing for another formidable opponent determined to end their run as defending NCAA champions. Shortly after lifting the sixth-seeded Terps past No. 11 seed UNC-Wilmington with a dramatic running three-point shot as time expired in the South Regional's final first-round game on Friday, Nicholas had watched a replay of his heroics. He had called his older brother, Chris.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | March 19, 2003
COLLEGE PARK - Senior point guard Steve Blake waited for three years to inherit the kind of freedom he has enjoyed in the Maryland Terrapins' offense. Senior shooting guard Drew Nicholas waited for three years to become a starter who expected to play at least 30 minutes every night. Together, the backcourt of Blake and Nicholas represents the backbone of Maryland, as the Terps begin the defense of their first NCAA championship. On a team that has gotten sometimes wildly inconsistent play from its frontcourt, Blake and Nicholas are the closest things to go-to guys on the Maryland roster.
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