Maryland men's basketball ends ACC era with upset win over Virginia
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WJLA) - After 61 seasons in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the University of Maryland men's basketball team played its last ACC home game Sunday. The Terrapins went out on a high note, winning an overtime thriller 75-69 against fifth-ranked University of Virginia.
Maryland is a charter member of the storied Atlantic Coast Conferenc but last year the university's Board of Regents voted to join the Big Ten.
Maryland's athletic department has faced major financial troubles in recent years, and the move was made because of the millions of dollars in extra money membership in the Big Ten is expected to bring in every year.
"I think it's like a necessary evil almost, like we had to do it for money but at the same time it's kind of sad to see us leave the ACC and not be able to play Duke and UNC anymore and Virginia," Maryland student Devlin Barry said.
"It's a lot of history," said Terrapins assistant coach Juan Dixon, a member of the 2002 Maryland team that won a national championship. "It's bittersweet. We're looking forward to a new beginning. We had a great run in the ACC."
Dixon and those 2002 Terps also helped elevate the school's rivalry with Duke into one of the most heated in the country -- at least for Maryland supporters. Fans say they will miss that and other rivalries the most.
"Especially a lot of the older fans, like people in our parents' generation have always come for the Duke and [North] Carolina games, and Virginia," recent graduate Adam Gutekunst said. "That'll be sad not to see that."
Added student John Fiocco: "The ACC Tournament, I've watched that for as long as I can remember. I mean, I'm definitely going to miss that, but that just seems like the way college basketball is moving right now, everybody's switching conferences."