March 31, 2001: After the Terps lost to Duke in the ACC semifinals, when Maryland native Nate James tipped in a shot in the final seconds and Steve Blake narrowly missed from inside halfcourt at the buzzer, the teams played for the fourth time in two months in the NCAA semifinals at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. It was Maryland's first Final Four appearance and the No. 11 Terps built a 39-17 lead in the first half, only to lose to the No. 1 Blue Devils, 95-84. Led again by by Shane Battier and Jason Williams, the Blue Devils ended the game on a 15-4 run that included Maryland center Lonny Baxter fouling out on what Gary Williams and others referred to as a phantom foul. "This doesn¿t feel good, but we know what we have to do now at Maryland to get here, which we didn't know before," Williams said of the school's First Final appearance, a year before the Terps won it all in Atlanta.
Doug Kapustin, Baltimore Sun