The University of Maryland will open their tenth season of basketball play at Comcast Center Sunday night when they face UNC Wilmington. The 2002-2003 campaign was the first at the new arena in College Park, as the Terrapins moved after claiming the only NCAA Championship in school history during their final season at Cole Field House.
In honor of the start of the tenth season, I decided to put together a list of the Top 10 Games in Comcast Center history (at least in my humble opinion). And while both the men’s and women’s basketball teams call Comcast Center home, this list will focus only on the men. I will admit that I missed a few women’s games along the road.
10. Pe’Shon Howard plays savior (November 10, 2010)
I’m not sure which is more memorable about the Terps’ win over College of Charleston-Howard’s winning shot or the look on Gary Williams’ face that said “we probably shouldn’t have won this one.”
Either way, it was a surprisingly exciting night in a 2K Sports Classic victory over the Cougars.
9. Morgan State shocker (January 7, 2009)
If Greivis Vasquez is the greatest player in the history of the building, perhaps there is an argument Reggie Holmes checks in at Number 2?
The Bears guard was brilliant while the Terps fell apart in one of the more stunning losses in program history.
I still can’t believe this actually happened.
8. Great Vermont escape (November 21, 2008)
I would assume then Catamounts coach Mike Lonergan (now at George Washington) probably still hasn’t figured out why he didn’t just have his team give a foul late instead of allowing Greivis Vasquez to knock down the game-tying three.
It was all Terps in the extra frame, and Dave Neal’s ten points in the game were a sign of positive things to come for the senior.
7. Florida ends Maryland streak (December 14, 2002)
I remember this game for my introduction to John Gilchrist, my beliefs that Ryan Randle might be a pretty good player and my realization that I didn’t much care for Anthony Roberson.
The contest against Florida was the first ever battle between two ranked teams in the Terps’ new building and the loss would snap Maryland’s then 87 game home winning streak against non-conference opponents. It was a hell of a Saturday afternoon though.
6. Cliff Tucker the hero (February 20,2010)
This game was of course MORE awesome because Tucker’s game winner came after a would-be game winner from Greivis Vasquez was waived off due to a timeout.
Look, this is simple math. If a buzzer beater is involved, it will probably end up on the list.