There are more decorated programs in college basketball than the Maryland Terrapins. But few, if any, are more colorful.
One national title. Two Final Fours. 22 tournament appearances. Len Bias. The birthplace of Midnight Madness. Lefty Driesell and “the UCLA of the East.” Ritualized couch burning. The host court when all-black Texas Western defeated all-white Kentucky back in 1966. A crazy eligibility scandal that set the team back years but led to the formation of a program that has remained whistle-clean to this day.
I bet you always wanted to see a list of the top 50 players in this storied program’s history. Well, here you go. And as an added bonus, all my player descriptions are written in haiku form. Yeah, that's right. Why? Well, it’s shorter and easier, for one. But more so, it’s because Maryland basketball and its players are like nature: sometimes beautiful, sometimes ugly, often chaotic, always unpredictable. Please enjoy.