Terrapins Return to Final Four

Maryland advanced past Connecticut to reach their second consecutive Final Four appearance. Lead by seniors Lonny Baxter and Juan Dixon who scored 29 and 27 points, respectively, the Terrapins, will face Kansas in the national semifinals Saturday night in Atlanta, a game that will pit the two remaining No. 1 seeds in the tournament.

In perhaps one of the best games of the tournament this year Maryland and Connecticut traded blows behind Juan Dixon and Lonny Baxter for Maryland and Caron Butler and Emeka Okafor for Connecticut. Okafor was limit late in the game by foul trouble which led to Baxter's easy baskets.

Maryland had only lead by as many as four points the whole game until late, with 25 seconds left Sunday and the shot clock nearing zero, Blake sank a 3-pointer for his first bucket of the game, leading the top-seeded Terrapins to a 90-82 victory over Connecticut, securing their second straight trip to the Final Four.

"We have tough guys. We didn't think we would lose this game," Williams said.

"We're going back. We want to do something this year."


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