When official Tom Rucker threw the opening tip into the air on March 24, 2002, in the Elite Eight, it was forward Johnnie Selvie who won it in the air for Connecticut.
But, before it could reach the hands of small forward Caron Butler, Maryland guard Juan Dixon swiped the ball away and rushed immediately up the floor. Lonny Baxter, who was lined up on the UConn side of the floor, worked his way to the back door and was able to slam home a lob from Dixon less than five seconds into the action.
The Terps ultimately won that high-flying matchup, 90-82, en route to winning the school’s first men’s basketball championship.
Almost 19 years to the day, No. 10-seed Maryland starts its 2021 NCAA Tournament campaign Saturday, taking on the No. 7-seed Connecticut Huskies at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Indiana.
With both of this year’s squads heavily valuing the defensive side of the ball, this first round game will be interesting for the complete opposite reason of that 2002 Elite Eight, but still figures to be a competitive battle.
UConn leads Maryland in the all-time series, 4-3, with the last meeting being a 76-66 Terrapin victory in the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 8, 2015. The Terps have won three of the last four matchups against Connecticut, including two contests during the 2001-02 season.
Here is everything you need to know ahead of Saturday’s first round game.
Maryland: 16-13, 9-11 Big Ten
Connecticut: 15-7, 11-6 Big East
All-time series: UConn leads 4-3
Odds: Connecticut -3 (as of Friday afternoon)
How to watch and listen
Saturday, March 20, 2021, 7:10 p.m. ET, Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, Indiana
TV: CBS (Ian Eagle, Play-by-Play; Jim Spanarkel, Color; Jamie Erdahl, Sideline)
Radio: Maryland Radio Network — 105.7 FM (Baltimore) / 980AM (Washington, D.C.) (Johnny Holliday, play-by-play; Chris Knoche, analyst; Walt Williams, analyst)
Live Stream: March Madness Live
Catch up before the game
- Maryland men’s basketball NCAA Tournament preview: First round vs UConn
- TT Court Vision: A look at the Connecticut Huskies
- Testudo Times Podcast: March = Madness
- Road to Indianapolis: Episode 3
- After an adversity-filled season, Selection Sunday had extra meaning for Maryland
- Maryland men’s basketball named 10-seed in NCAA Tournament
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