5. Terps stunned by Clemson (March 2, 2008)
I’d rather not remember it either, but it happened. And it’s the reason why the words “Terrence Oglesby” are considered vulgar in my home.
Can we agree to not discuss this any further?
4. DJ Strawberry leads Terps past Carolina (February 25, 2007)
After the 2005 & 2006 seasons resulted in Maryland failing to reach March Madness, their 89-87 win over the Heels in 2007 ultimately proved to be a “clincher” for a return to the NCAA Tournament.
G DJ Strawberry poured in 27 points and G Mike Jones added another 18 to help the Maryland seniors gain a measure of redemption after being part of the teams that failed to make the Tournament in the two previous seasons.
3. Vasquez, Hayes, Milbourne top Duke on Senior Night (March 3, 2010)
Admit it. You still don’t know how Greivis Vasquez’s last second runner went in.
It was a special night for Vasquez and fellow seniors Landon Milbourne & Eric Hayes, as they were brilliant in their final performance in front of the Maryland crowd. The Terps’ 79-72 win ended a six game losing streak to the Blue Devils.
2. Brilliant Vasquez stuns North Carolina (February 21, 2009)
By far and away the greatest single player effort in arena history, Greivis Vasquez became only the second player in school history to record a triple double (Derrick Lewis recorded two before him) and finished with 35 points to lift the Terps to a stunning 88-85 overtime win over the Tar Heels.
The Terps trailed by 16 in the second half and by 9 in the final minutes of the game. Credit Gary Williams, who coached circles around Roy Williams down the stretch to record the victory that helped propel Maryland back to the NCAA Tournament.
1. Duke swept in OT thriller (February 12, 2005)
It’s hard to make this #1 on the list because the 99-92 win simply didn’t hold up over time. By the end of the season the Terps would to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 12 years and G John Gilchrist departed for the NBA Draft after failing to live up to lofty expectations placed on him by fans.
However, the atmosphere inside the building that night was unmatchable in Comcast Center history. The electricity, the fire, the passion was off the charts. It was bolstered by the presence of ESPN’s “College Gameday” crew starting earlier in the day and it never went away.
Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…