Maryland basketball beat a ranked team on the road for the first time in 11 years Tuesday night, knocking off Iowa 66-65 in a roller coaster of a basketball game.
You read that right—it’s been 11 years.
On Jan. 19, 2008, Maryland beat No. 1 and previously undefeated North Carolina in Chapel Hill, 82-80. Bambale Osby hit the go-ahead bucket with 21 seconds remaining. Since then, though, the Terps lost 27 straight road games against ranked opponents, including their first 19 such contests in Mark Turgeon’s tenure. Most of them were blowouts against clearly better teams, and Maryland wasn’t favored in any of these games, but for the drought to last that long is really something.
Some things that were true the last time this happened...
- Testudo Times did not exist (we started up later that year).
- George W. Bush was president. Barack Obama was still an underdog in the Democratic primary.
- “Low” by Flo Rida and T. Pain was the nation’s No. 1 song.
- Ralph Friedgen coached Maryland football. Jordan Steffy and Chris Turner were his top quarterback options.
- Mark Turgeon was in his first season at Texas A&M.
- Current Maryland players were between 7 and 12 years old. (Personally, I was just 10.)
- John Calipari still coached at Memphis, and his Derrick Rose-led Tigers were still undefeated (they’d lose to Kansas in the national title game before having all 38 wins vacated).
- The New England Patriots were 17-0 and about to play the Chargers in the AFC Championship.
- Jan. 19, 2008 was also the day the Baltimore Ravens hired John Harbaugh as head coach. They wouldn’t draft Joe Flacco until that spring. (Washington was still searching for a coach after Joe Gibbs’ second retirement; it hired the immortal Jim Zorn in February.)
- The Wizards had their Big Three of Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison.
- Ethan Happ was in his freshman year at Wisconsin.
OK, that last one might not be true, but it’s been a long, long time.
In other news
Here are Justin’s takeaways from the game.
Maryland men’s lacrosse also beat a ranked team, taking down No. 16 Colgate at home.
Junior Jared Bernhardt went over 100 career points in the victory.
With his first goal of the day, Jared Bernhardt has recorded his 100th career point as a Terrapin! #BeTheBest pic.twitter.com/0LJX28i87H— Maryland Lacrosse (@TerpsMLax) February 19, 2019
Women’s lacrosse attack Kali Hartshorn was named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week.
Women’s golf wrapped up the Moon Golf Invitational with a 6-under final round and a fifth-place finish out of 16 teams.
And here are some baseball posters you can pick up at the Terps’ home series this weekend.
Posters are too fresh— Maryland Baseball (@TerpsBaseball) February 19, 2019
Come out an get em this weekend! #DirtyTerps pic.twitter.com/5dXYAnUwqI