Terps close out Historic Cole Field House

Although the second ranked Maryland Terrapins have already won their first outright ACC regular season championship since 1980, there is one thing that Maryland has not seen yet this season: The final game played at Cole Field House.

Tomorrow, when Maryland (14-1 ACC, 24-3 overall) plays host to Virginia (7-8, 17-9), it will probably be a memorable game, even if it means nothing in the standings. The game tomorrow at Cole Field House will be Maryland's last game in Cole, because next season Maryland is moving to a brand new facility, The Comcast Center.

In its last game, Maryland walked all over Florida State in a 96-63 victory, where Juan Dixon moved into second place on the all-time Terrapin scoring list. Lonny Baxter scored six points in a 16-2 run that gave Maryland the lead for good at 22-9 with 11:45 left in the first half. Ryan Randle had a dunk and a baseline jumper to cap an 8-0 run for a 46-26 lead with 1:53 left. The Terrapins led, 48-29, at halftime behind 57 percent (20-of-35) shooting in the first half.

Virginia is coming off an 87-84 upset victory over the third-ranked Duke Blue Devils. Virginia ended the game on a 22-1 run to clinch the victory, and maybe save Virginia's season. With a win vs. Maryland tomorrow, I am convinced that the Cavs will secure themselves a victory in the Big Dance, but if a loss, I suspect they will need to carry far into the ACC Tournament to secure an at-large bid.

In their upset win, Roger Mason and Adam Hall combined for 43 points, while Travis Watson grabbed 7 boards.

Maryland leads the season series with Virginia, 1-0. Last meeting, the Terps needed a late spark of their own for the 91-87 victory. In this game, Juan Dixon hit a baseline jumper with 31 seconds remaining to put Maryland in its first lead of the game. And Maryland never looked back. Byron Mouton had 21 points and Lonny Baxter had 14 points and 10 rebounds capping an amazing comeback in which was capitalized by their excellent performance from the charity stripe, missing only once the whole game, and went 25-26.

Senior day at Cole Field House. Byron Mouton, Juan Dixon, and Lonny Baxter are all playing in their final game at Cole. Other students, such as Chris Wilcox, are said to be a late lottery pick in the NBA draft if departing early. Wilcox is only a sophomore.

So while this game may mean nothing in the ACC Standings or the NCAA Tournament, for Maryland has all been secured themselves a #1 seed, there will be lots of emotion for the Maryland Terrapins tomorrow at Cole. Hopefully senior day for Maryland will be victorious.


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