With the amount of talent returning to campus, led by sophomore point guard Melo Trimble and senior forward Jake Layman, and the addition of five-star big man Diamond Stone the Maryland Terrapins are expected to be a national title contender in 2015-16. Mark Turgeon led the Terrapins back to the NCAA tournament for the first time in five years last season, and after reaching the Round of 32 expectations are much higher in advance of the upcoming campaign.
With that being the case, why not turn back the clock to the program’s proudest moment, when Maryland alum Gary Williams coached his alma mater to the national title in 2002? That team was an experienced group led by senior (and Final Four Most Outstanding Player) Juan Dixon, with point guard Steve Blake, wing Byron Mouton and forwards Lonnie Baxter and Chris Wilcox (just to name four) also factoring into the team’s run to the crown.
That Maryland team, which rebounded from a tough loss to eventual national champion Duke in the 2001 national semifinals, won 32 games and finished atop the ACC with a 15-1 conference record. Above is Maryland’s title game victory over Indiana, which was preceded by wins over Siena, Wisconsin, Kentucky, UConn and Kansas.
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Throwback Thursday: Which Jim Calhoun rant was the best Jim Calhoun rant?
Jimmer Fredette may be getting his last chance to make a name for himself in the NBA, as he signed with the Spurs after failing to find a solid role in any of his previous three stops, including last season with the New Orleans Pelicans.
The one thing that we know Jimmer can do at an NBA level is shoot the ball, and if they’re looking for a mini-microwave, floor-spacing guard that can score in bunches, isn’t that really all Jimmer does? That’s not a bad risk to take considering the Spurs are essentially getting him for peanuts; as Adrian Wojnarowski put it, a “modest financial guarantee”.
I’d hesitate to call Jimmer a flop in the NBA, but he certainly has failed to live up to the hype that he had coming out of BYU. And while the red flags he had in college — limited size, limited athleticism, relying too heavily on his right hand, a habit of settling for deep contested threes — have come to fruition at the professional level, it doesn’t change the fact that Jimmer-mania was totally and completely justified.
Because the dude might have been the most entertaining player in college basketball history, and I know what I’m saying there. Every game his senior season turned into a scramble to find an illegal stream to be able to watch this little mormon kid from upstate New York hit defenders with ankle-shattering crossovers before pulling up from 25-feet with two hands in his face.
When he got rolling, the things he could do on a basketball court were insane.
And while his NBA career hasn’t exactly panned out the way some hoped, don’t let it cloud the memories of college Jimmer.
Because he was awesome:
Throwback Thursday: That time Matthew Dellavedova beat BYU at the buzzer (VIDEO)
Matthew Dellavedova has been one of the breakout stars of the 2015 NBA Playoffs.
The Cavs backup point guard has thrived playing off of LeBron James and in the place of the banged-up Kyrie Irving. He had 19 points, a team-high, in the series-clinching Game 6 win against the Chicago Bulls, and he followed that up by averaging 12.7 points in Games 2-4 of the Eastern Conference Finals sweep against Atlanta.
College basketball fans have seen this before, however, as Dellavedova — the awkward, goofy-looking, shaggy-haired kid from Australia — was a star for Saint Mary’s for four seasons.
His most memorable moment? As follows:
Throwback Thursday: The time ‘Tiny’ shattered a backboard missing a dunk (VIDEO)
You’d be forgiven if you don’t recognize the name ‘Tiny’ Gallon.
A top ten recruit in the Class of 2009 coming out of high school, Tiny went on to have a truly forgettable one year career with Oklahoma, which was a notoriously unforgettable season for the Sooner faithful. Gallon got caught up in a scandal as he tried to explain how and why he got $3,000 from a financial advisor, and the reasons behind an Oklahoma assistant coach being connected to that advisor.
That saga exploded at the end of a season where Gallon averaged 10.8 points and 7.9 boards on a team that was as disappointing as any team in recent memory. The Sooners were a preseason top 25 program that finished 13-18, a year that resulted in Willie Warren plummeting from a top ten pick to a late second rounder and head coach Jeff Capel getting fired.
It was bad, but there was one highlight worth mentioning: The time that Tiny shattered a back board on a missed dunk:
Throwback Thursday: That time R.J. Hunter knocked his dad off a stool (VIDEO)
Georgia State head coach Ron Hunter was the breakout star of the coaching community during the NCAA tournament, and it didn’t have all that much to do with the fact that he led his No. 14 seed Georgia State Panthers to a win over Baylor in the opening round of the tournament.
It was his exuberance, his lust for life, and it all came to the forefront because his son, R.J., buried this game-winning three that sent Ron flying off of his stool:
For the rest of my life, I will laugh every time I see this video.
And I have a feeling I will be seeing it a lot. This is going to be one of those timeless tournament moments.