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As I walked out of a nearly empty Comcast Center last night, a longtime university employee held the door open.

"I don't think I ever remember us losing a 20-point lead at home,'' he said.

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Neither do I.

While the final-minute meltdown against Duke in 2001 has always gone down as Maryland's biggest choke job, with the second-half in the NCAA semifinals later that season against the Blue Devils running neck-in-neck among painful moments in the program's history, what happened last night against Clemson was right up there. Or down there. Considering that it might have cost the Terrapins a shot at the NCAA tournament, the ramifications are huge.

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Gary Williams said after the game that he'll remember the 73-70 loss to the Tigers for a long time, just as he'll remember the big wins.

I've only been around the program since 1985, so my sense of history isn't as broad as many who follow the team.

Is this the worst home loss ever?

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