Maryland poised for success in Big Ten

Mark Turgeon leads the Terrapins into their inaugural campaign in the Big Ten. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

It’s difficult to imagine the ACC without founding member Maryland. The Terrapins played in some of the most memorable games in league history (for example, the 1974 ACC tournament title game against NC State) and won the national title in 2002.

Lefty Driesell set out to make the Maryland the UCLA of the East when he took over in 1969. He created Midnight Madness and made Cole Fieldhouse one of the toughest venues in all of college basketball. Gary Williams transitioned the program through the NCAA sanctions he inherited and made consecutive trips to the Final Four, as well as leading the program to 14 NCAA tournament berths, two trips to the Elite Eight and seven Sweet 16 appearances in 22 years in College Park.

As Maryland moves to the Big Ten under head coach Mark Turgeon, it comes off three consecutive seasons with no NCAA tournament appearances. The Terrapins also had had five players leave the program this past spring. Despite this, I feel they have turned the corner and are in position to finish in the upper half of the new conference