The long goodbye, a little less sentimental than expected, ends this week as Maryland plays its final regular-season ACC basketball Sunday against Virginia and then begins its last ACC tournament run, which doesn't figure to last long, on Thursday.
A 61-year association with the league is ending acrimoniously as the Terrapins head for the big bucks of the Big 10. Maryland will certainly be facing their old rivals again in court, if not on the court.
There is little nostalgia for the end of the era down Tobacco Road. One can imagine conference officials tearing down the Maryland banner at the ACC tournament the moment the Terps are eliminated to reveal a shiny new Louisville banner.
Strangely, there hasn't been much nostalgia in this region, either. That's probably because the ACC is nowhere near what it once was, not to mention the fact that a high percentage of fans are too young to even remember when Wake Forest was relevant during the Tim Duncan era, let alone the Mark Price or Dennis Scott Georgia Tech teams or the Ralph Sampson-era Virginia juggernaut or those remarkable, national championship-winning North Carolina State squads.
To many, many Maryland fans, the only ACC games that really matter are against North Carolina and, especially, Duke - hence, a half-full Comcast Center for recent games against Wake and Virginia Tech. We'll see how energized the fan base gets for Nebraska, Northwestern and Minnesota next winter.
But there's plenty of time to look ahead. This week should be about looking back.
No, Maryland won't be remembered as the top basketball program in the ACC. Three ACC tournament titles in all those years isn't many.
But it's fair to say the Terps were a strong third, at least during the four decades or so with Lefty Driesell and Gary Williams on the sidelines. And third in the league once was not too shabby.
And, oh, did they have some great players.
This week, I polled colleagues and friends, some of whom spent time covering Maryland over the years for this newspaper, to get their thoughts on the all-time all-Terrapin teams. There was remarkably little difference of opinion. It was a fun exercise and it brought back a lot of great memories. Here, then, are the best of the best in Maryland history.