You don't need to think too far back to remember Maryland's most recent games against Kentucky and Connecticut. The Terps opened the 2012-13 season with a loss to the Wildcats at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and returned a year later to lose their opener the Huskies.
Maryland has actually faced each team in this year’s Final Four since the turn of the century. Here’s a closer look at the Terps’ all-time series with each of this year’s national semifinalists.
MARYLAND vs. CONNECTICUT
All-time series: Connecticut leads, 5-2
Most recent meeting (Nov. 8, 2013): As mentioned, the Terps opened this past season with a 78-77 loss to UConn in Brooklyn. Maryland fell behind by 17 early in the second half before staging a furious comeback that fell short when Dez Wells missed two shots in the closing seconds. It was the teams' first meeting since Maryland beat the Huskies, 90-82, in the 2002 Elite 8.
Quotable: "Obviously this would have been a great win, because Connecticut is going to win a lot of games." – Maryland coach Mark Turgeon.
MARYLAND vs. FLORIDA
All-time series: Florida leads, 2-1
Most recent meeting (Dec. 8, 2003): Coming in with a 4-2 record, the Terps blew a 17-point second-half lead, then fell behind twice in overtime against a Gators team that was ranked No. 1 in the nation. But Maryland got a game-winning 15-foot jumper from sophomore forward Travis Garrison, whose only points of the night pushed the Terps to a stunning 69-68 victory in Gainesville. In a way, it was payback from the previous year, when Florida ended Maryland's 87-game home winning streak against nonconference opponents. Before that, the teams hadn't met since 1932, a game the Terps lost 39-24.
Quotable: "Sometimes, it's grimy, and you have to grind a win out. We showed great character." – Maryland point guard John Gilchrist, who fouled out with 12 seconds left in regulation after scoring 18 points.
MARYLAND vs. KENTUCKY
All-time series: Kentucky leads, 9-5
Most recent meeting (Nov. 9, 2012): Led bysophomore center Alex Len's 23 points and 12 rebounds, Maryland erased a 15-point deficit before falling, 72-69, in the season opener at Barclays Center. Both teams entered the year with promise but missed the NCAA tournament.
Quotable: "We're going to win and we're going to win this year. We just didn't win tonight." – Maryland coach Mark Turgeon.
MARYLAND vs. WISCONSIN
All-time series: Wisconsin leads, 5-2
Most recent meeting (Nov. 25, 2009): Maryland was ranked No. 21 in the country and hoped to push a higher tempo, but the Terps struggled to adapt to Bo Ryan’s slow-it-down, grind-it-out style in a 78-69 loss at the Maui Invitational.
Quotable: "They play their way; we try to play our way. That's his style; that's our style." – Maryland coach Gary Williams.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun