COLLEGE PARK, MD -- Wednesday's game with North Carolina at Comcast Center didn't go as planned for the Maryland Terrapins.
At stake was the need to enhance an NCAA Tournament resume that had the Terps a good distance from inclusion into the 68-team field, according to most of the nation's credible bracketologists.
Also of importance, however, was losing 79-68 to the Tar Heels in what may have been their final visit to College Park for the foreseeable future. Maryland leaves for the Big Ten following next season, and gone forever will be the emotionally charged visits from Duke and UNC.
Those contests have long been more than basketball games in the District of Columbia area, they have been events. Many of Maryland's former greats show up, so do plenty of Washington's dignitaries, politicians, actors and musicians. The back-slapping that goes on where the big-wigs sit has always been a story away from the game when the blue bloods visit.
And while the Duke games may have rea...