Maryland basketball has a king tradition of winning. The Terrapins have been to the NCAA Tournament 25 times, the Sweet Sixteen 13 times, the Elite Eight four times, the Final Four twice (2001, 2002) and won the NCAA Tournament in 2002.
The Terps have also been to the NIT eight times with three trips to the semifinals in Madison Square Garden and a tournament championship in 1972. Maryland went to the semifinals at Madison Square Garden in 2013.
Expectations are sky high this season as Maryland is ranked #3 in the preseason polls. The Terps play their home games at the XFinity Center, which opened in 2002. The XFinity Center holds over 17,000 basketball fans for Terps home games. Maryland spent most of their basketball history in the powerful ACC and if truth were told, the basketball Terps would prefer to still be there. But in the recent conference shuffling to put school’s football teams in the best position to make the college football playoff, the basketball teams have had to follow. In Maryland’s case it was not necessarily a bad move though because they landed in the powerful Big Ten.
So while the Terps no longer play long time rivals such as Virginia, Virginia Tech, Duke and North Carolina, they will have some new rivalries forming with Big Ten Powerhouses such as Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State, Indiana, Wisconsin, Purdue and others.
When you go to a Maryland game this season at the XFinity Center, you will be watching a possible Final Four participant. On many occasions, you may be watching two of them. The Big Ten is as good as any conference in the country and Maryland has a shot at winning the championship. So, the action at the XFinity Center will be as intense as anywhere in college basketball.
The XFinity Center has nothing but great seats. Every seat is a chair back seat, even in the upper levels. The scoreboard/video board is as good as you will find in any NBA arena. The concessions are among the best in the game with grilled chicken sandwiches, nachos, popcorn, pretzels and more.
Some of the great players to come out of Maryland include Len Bias, John Lucas, Joe Smith, Juan Dixon, Len Elmore, Tom McMillen, Steve Francis, Steve Blake, Greivis Vasquez, Buck Williams and many more. How many future NBA stars are there on this year’s Maryland team? If they are indeed a Final Four contender then there are probably quite a few. Come out to XFinity Center and watch them now.
The Terps home schedule this year has teams such as Mount St. Mary’s, Georgetown, Rider, Cleveland State, St. Francis PA, Marshall, Penn State, Rutgers, Ohio State, Northwestern, Iowa, Purdue, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and more. With a schedule like this and a teams ranked #3 in the polls, where can you find a better place to spend this basketball season?
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