History[ edit ] Early years — the H.
Burton Shipley era[ edit ] Before basketball became a permanent fixture in College Park, the school—then known as Maryland Agricultural College—met with little success in its intermittent attempts to establish a basketball team. Games were played sporadically during the —, —13, —, and the — seasons, going a combined 7— Basketball returned to stay for the —24 season, when the school convinced former star quarterback H.
Burton Shipley , who had been coaching at the University of Delaware , to come back to his alma mater. The Old Liners, as they were then known, joined the Southern Conference in their inaugural season.
The team met with moderate success that year at 5—7 and also played its first games against future ACC rivals North Carolina and Virginia. The Old Liners had their first sustained success over the next four seasons, finishing at or above.
The Aggies also played their first games against what would become their two other biggest rivals in the future during that time, North Carolina State and Duke. The school's biggest success during its formative years took place in the early s, around the time it adopted its current nickname, Terrapins.
After finishing second in the conference in —31, Maryland won the Southern Conference tournaments, beating Louisiana State, North Carolina, Georgia, and Kentucky over five days, a feat they followed by winning the conference regular season crown the next year. The team also had its first individual star in Louis "Bosey" Berger who was named to All-America teams both seasons.
It was during this stretch that the school erected a new home for its basketball teams, Ritchie Coliseum, which housed the team until Cole Field House replaced it a quarter of a century later. Although the team would remain competitive throughout the rest of the decade, finishing as high as second in the conference regular season, it never again matched its achievements of the early part of the decade, and as the s began, the school's basketball team fell on exceedingly hard times.
Shipley tallied just one winning season in his last seven years before stepping down to focus on coaching the baseball team, a post he'd held for his entire tenure since returning to College Park.
He was succeeded by Flucie Stewart. In what would become a long-running pattern at Maryland when a long-tenured head coach stepped down, Stewart would not last very long, putting together three losing seasons in three tries during his brief time at Maryland.
A disciple of legendary coach Henry Iba , Millikan's emphasis on defense and fundamentals would become hallmarks of the program over the next two decades. Maryland quickly reels off seven straight winning seasons under Millikan. That season was perhaps the finest the Terrapins had experienced to date, finishing with a 23—7 record and a conference mark good enough for second in the league.
Maryland experienced its first games as a ranked team, spending the final nine weeks of the season ranked in the AP Top 20, peaking at 11 before settling for a final ranking of It also featured the school's first win over a ranked team when it beat local rival George Washington, then-number 7 in the country.
The team was led by its second All-American, Gene Shue , who was honored in both that season and the prior year. In the ACC's second year, the Terps cracked the top ten for the first time, peaking at 6 in January before eventually finishing the season with a disappointing one-point loss to Virginia in the ACC Tournament quarterfinal round.
The Terps had another breakout season during the —58 season. The Terps lost a tight game to Temple in the round of 16 before beating Manhattan in the consolation game to secure third place in the East.
That would be the high-water mark for the Terps under Millikan. They experienced their first losing season under the coach the next season, although they did manage to finish third in the ACC, including its first ever win over a 1 ranked team when it beat North Carolina 69—51 in Cole Field House on February By —63, the bottom had dropped out and the Terps finished just 3—11 in the ACC, next to last in the standings.
While Millikan managed to turn the program around in the mids, finishing in a second place tie in —65 and above.
Fellows' tenure lasted just two seasons, both of which featured only eight wins. During his introductory press conference, he made the bold statement that he wanted to make Maryland the "UCLA of the East. Maryland also attained a No.
Driesell coached the Maryland Terrapins from to In , he signed perhaps the best college prospect of his career, Moses Malone, but Malone chose instead to go to a professional basketball franchise, the Utah Stars. Malone was the first player in the modern era to proceed directly from high school into professional basketball, deciding on the day classes were scheduled to begin.
At Maryland, Driesell began the now nationwide tradition of Midnight Madness. According to longstanding NCAA rules, college basketball teams were not permitted to begin practices until October Driesell traditionally began the first practice with a requirement that his players run one mile in six minutes, but found that the players were too fatigued to practice effectively immediately afterwards.
The event soon became a tradition to build excitement for the basketball team's upcoming season. In , Maryland defeated Niagara, —69 to secure the National Invitation Tournament championship.
Driesell said that the season attained the three goals he had set for the program at the time of his hiring: "national prominence", "national ranking", and "a national championship".
On July 12, , Driesell saved the lives of at least ten children from several burning buildings. He and two other men were surf fishing around midnight in Bethany Beach, Delaware when he saw flames coming from a seashore resort.
Driesell broke down a door and rescued several children from the fire that eventually destroyed four townhouses. There were no injuries and it was a miracle because firemen didn't come for at least 30 minutes.
All we did was try to get the kids out. It was just lucky that we were fishing right in front of the houses. In December , the university gave Driesell a ten-year contract extension.
Earlier that same year, Driesell was made an Honorary M Club member. On June 19, , Maryland star Len Bias died of a cocaine-induced heart attack shortly after being drafted by the Boston Celtics as the No. An investigation revealed that Bias was 21 credits short of the graduation requirement despite having used all his athletic eligibility.
In October, a university panel found that the basketball staff had stressed athletics over academics.
On October 29, Driesell resigned as head coach and took a position as an assistant athletic director. He also worked as a television analyst during college basketball games. Some members of the media widely described Driesell as a scapegoat of chancellor John B.
Slaughter and the university administration. The basketball program and the Maryland athletic program as a whole were still reeling from the aftershock of the death of Maryland basketball star Len Bias and struggles under coach Bob Wade, a former high school coach from Baltimore.
Williams played for Maryland as the starting point guard under coach Bud Millikan. He was a member of the Charlotte Invitational Tournament championship team and the Sugar Bowl Tournament championship team. He set a Maryland record for field goal percentage, going 8-for-8 from the field in an ACC game against South Carolina in Williams was the Maryland team captain in He graduated in with a B.
Williams coached the —90 squad to a respectable 18—13 record and an NIT berth. However, in March , the NCAA imposed harsh sanctions on the school for several major violations, mostly dating to the Wade era.
Maryland was banned from postseason play in and , and was kicked off live television for — Additionally, Maryland docked itself several scholarships over two years. With his recruiting efforts severely hamstrung, Williams found it very difficult to rebuild the program.
However, with the help of Walt Williams, Maryland stayed competitive through a low point of the program's history. After a surprise appearance in the Sweet 16, the Terrapins were a fixture in the national rankings until