As members of the national champion Connecticut basketball team took turns cutting down the nets at AT&T Stadium late Monday night, missing from the long line of scissor-wielding champs was a former Baltimore basketball star.
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 a close one with the Huskies.
One of the main reasons that Chizzy Ekedigwe decided to attend Division I Seton Hall in 2011 was the chance to play for head coach Anne Donovan, an All-American at Old Dominion University who had an illustrious Olympic career
Mark Turgeon was on the road recruiting this summer when the schedule for this season's ACC-Big Ten Challenge was announced. He remembers his initial reaction when he learned that the Terps were going on the road for the second straight year.
Thomas was harried by the Huskies in a 76-50 Sweet 16 loss that ended her season, scoring 13 points after tallying 29 and 28 points in the first two rounds. In their earlier game, a 63-48 loss on Dec. 3, she was held to six points on 2-for-12 shooting. The lesson was clear: If the Terps are to contend against UConn, they're going to need more options to take the focus off their star senior.
Maryland point guard Varun Ram used to get stares from opposing guards who thought they could dominate him on the court. When he played at River Hill in Clarksville and with a Howard County-based Amateur Athletic Union team, Ram said few opponents would take him or his teams seriously.
Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said he received a number of text messages after Friday¿s season-opening 78-77 loss to then-No. 18 Connecticut from friends in the business who didn¿t recognize the Terps, at least when it came to their rebounding.
Evan Smotrycz, who played in his first game since transferring from Michigan two summers ago, was disappointed in the way the Terps came out against No. 18 Connecticut Friday at the Barclays Center, but pleased by the manner in which they fought back from a 17-point deficit and gave themselves a chance to win.
Maryland returned to the Barclays Center a year older and maybe wiser, but the Terps seemed to follow the same script against No. 18 Connecticut Friday night that they did in a three-point loss to then-No. 3 Kentucky in last season¿s opener.
Fundraising events can make for strange bedfellows, particularly when it comes to politics. But more than a few heads were turned, eyebrows were raised and stomachs were -- well, you get the picture -- when it was announced that former longtime rivals and now retired college basketball coaches Gary Williams and Jim Calhoun would be part of the same "Lunch with Legends" in New York City.
Questions about the strength of Towson's defensive front depleted by the graduation of three starters may have abounded in the preseason, but those queries appeared to be answered emphatically in the team's 33-18 defeat of Connecticut last Thursday night.
For the fourth time in the past five years Towson, a Football Championship Subdivision team, opened the season with an opponent from the Football Bowl Subdivision, but this year the result was a bit different.