Terps Last Run through ACC

February 04, 2014 | Tom Federline

Ok, it’s finally starting to hit. Terps vs. UNC, last ACC game between the two squads. Ouch, that’s just not right. I do not care “that it’s best for the school.” I do not care “that it’s best for the athletic program.” I do not even care that UNC has for the most part, dominated Terp basketball for all my years as a fan. What I do care about is tradition, memories and true Atlantic Coast Basketball. With tradition and following ACC basketball about to go to the wayside.

The “old school” in me is gonna fly a little bit here gang, but that’s a good thing. Most of you following this blog are close to my age – (29). So, I want you to fire back with your memories of Terp/Carolina bball. Everybody should remember the Bias/Jordan days – my goodness, were we spoiled or what? Don’t forget who else was on the court at that time: Adrian Branch, Ben Coleman, Sam Perkins, James Worthy…. come on name some more.

Terps/UNC – probably my fondest memory is when Terps gave the baby blue Heels their first loss in the Dean Dome, January of 1986. Yes, another Bias moment (he had 35 pts). Ahhh yes, The Dean Dome, Dean Smith………the mention of his name giving you chills? Well brace yourself:

Leonard over Brad Daugherty.

Dean was about “our” age when he was coaching Jordan, Perkins and Worthy. Wow, now there’s a reality check. I’m typing a blog, for free, on the fly, so that maybe 5 people can read this. Dean Smith was coaching Hall of Famers. The good ole Tarheels, finished 2nd or better in the ACC for most of his career and definately during my Terp formidable years of ’71 thru ’85. We only grew up knowing one Tarheel coach, Dean Smith. Dean coached from 1961-1997, 36 years, you kiddin’ me? We grew to dislike, but admire the man all at the same time. We didn’t dislike the man, heck I never met him. We disliked that he coached North Carolina basketball. We disliked hearing these names over and over and over……. ok, this may be painful:
Phil Ford, Mitch Kupchack, Walter Davis..Mike O’Koren, Pete Budko (now there’s a trivia question).. Jeff Lebo, Brad Daugherty, Kenny Smith..Eric Montross, Pete Chilcut, Rick Fox…Vince Carter, Antwan Jamison, SERGE Zwikker..Tyler Hansbrough…Tyler Zeller…you still with me? Hit me up with some more. Let’s get our blood pressure up. It’s fun.

Then when the next season would roll around – I know all of you, would ask fellow Terp fans – “That guy is still around? When the heck is he gonna graduate?” Yes, back then we got a dose of these guys for 4 years. 4 years to watch players develop, experience the home/away games and 2 halves of the season. “Old school”, the way it should be.

I know, you know, we all know…Terps are “Gone” – (Montgomery Gentry), from the ACC. And we are encouraged to roll with them. Screw that. Terps = ACC, end of story. Go ahead NCAA make your 6 Monster Conferences. Succumb to the almighty dollar. Ruin tradition. You can’t take away the memories. ACC basketball – 2 games on the tube, Wednesday nights and 2 on Saturday afternoon – the good ole days.

Terps aren’t playing that well, but get on the bus. They more than likely are going to have a rough road. There are only 6 true/old school ACC games left. Ride it out while we have it. Listen to Johnny Holiday when you have the chance. Go Terps!


4 Comments For This Post

  1. JC Says:

    Some names to add to the list – Jimmy Black the waterbug point guard that gave us fits and the other half of the Daugherty “twins” pretty boy Matt. UNC always had one “pretty boy” you loved to hate. As for Dean, very rarely lost his cool, always the man in control, and the mastermind of the dreaded four corner offense of pre-shot clock days. If you got behind in the second half you were done.

    Nice of the ACC to offer us away games at Duke and UNC in the final season as a little parting gift to go along with the $50 million bill.

    As much as we love him, Johnny Holliday should retire after this season. The thought of him calling Big 10 games sends shivers – all wrong. “Today’s match up against Tom Izzo and his league leading Spartans of Michigan State……” all wrong.

    The ACC Train has left “Terrapin Station” – Grateful Dead and only the memories remain.


  2. Tom Federline Says:


    I’m glad the first thing that comes to my mind when “4 Corners’ is mentioned is – Jacksonville, MD. I was NOT a fan of the Four Corners. Especially when Dean and his Carolina Blue Tarheels implemented it into the game plan.

    I agree on Johnny retiring. Although he still semi has it together on the basketball games. On football…………he just simply has lost it. Wrong names, wrong numbers, wrong down, no score update, etc.

    But the guy who has to go first on the bball broadcast side is Walt Williams. He is whoreable (as Lefty would say) and the sad part is somebody pays him to be whoreable.
    Thanks for the feedback. Keep ’em rolling.


  3. Chris Oswald Says:

    On Jan. 18, 1986 the Tar Heels defeated Duke in the first basketball game played in the Dean E. Smith Center. Warren Martin made history by scoring the first Tar Heel basket in the new arena. 7’1″ of knee braces.

    F Al Wood, had a pretty fair game in his day.

    G Charlie Scott was All-American in the late 60’s and nice as hell leading UNC to 3 straight ACC Titles and 2 straight Final Fours.

    G Buzz Peterson was ok, but he was no Dudley Bradley (Edgewood HS).

    F Tommy LaGarde was Mitch’s Kupchak’s bookend forward and could play.

    I hated J.R. Reid’s flat top.

    F Rasheed Wallace had gum in his do, but was pretty fair at the next level.

    G Ed Cota amused me, but he was no Ty Lawson or Raymond Felton at the point.

    F Jerry Stackhouse was over-rated as hell.

    F Bob McAdoo was ACC player of the Year and a complete beast on the block.

    F Bobby Jones, was probably the most complete UNC player of all-time, scoring, rebounding, and consistently won the Defensive Player of the year in many NBA seasons.

    but, I haven’t followed them that close over the years.

    I still liked the flip card scoreboard in the corner of the floor at Carmichael, it was the same one they had at Ridgley Jr. High, but I am funny like that.

    peace. Out.

  4. Tom Federline Says:


    Your recall is simply unmatched. Thank you for taking the time to rekindle distant memories. Distant to most people – but not you. Just amazing man and extremely cool.

    Jerry Stackhouse – ouch, he tore up the Terps.
    Bob McAdoo – many a Saturday afternoon watching that guy. He was one smooth cat, he made it look easy. I believe he has a son at UNC now.
    Warren Martin – what a lug.
    Bobby Joooooooones – ok ya got me on that one. Bold statement on most complete UNC player of all-time. Surprised me knowing the huge Tyler Hansbrough fan you were. :) The college bball novice would make an argument for Jordan, of course – but we know he really wasn’t all that in college. I was always a Phil Ford fan.

    Nobody took me up on Pete Budko. Never really fulfilled potential. Trivia – Where did he go to high school?

    Thanks for the feedback. Keep ’em rolling.


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