Terence Morris and Mike Mardesich were in the middle of their rookie pro seasons the night Maryland beat Indiana at the Georgia Dome to win the 2002 national championship.
Morris, then in his first year with the Houston Rockets, recalled rushing home to watch the last few minutes of Maryland's 64-52 victory.
"I had to check my boys out, and when they won it, man, I felt like a proud dad watching his kid," Morris said Saturday. "I'm not there, I didn't win it, but I felt like I was a part of it because those were my brothers out there. I actually cried with them. It was that special."
Mardesich, who had started his professional career in Germany,...