It wasn’t very long ago that Maryland basketball and Illini basketball were programs on equal footing. About a decade ago the Terrapins had a legitimate rivalry with Duke; just like Illinois had a legitimate rivalry with Michigan State. Both the Illini and the Terps had established themselves as peers with their respective conference’s traditional powers.
Terrapin basketball and Illini basketball are not peers this season, as Illinois is a #3 seed in the Not Important Tournament and Maryland is a #4 seed in the real tournament. (This is all the more maddening given that Illinois won the only meeting between the two schools this year). I’ve been saying for years that Maryland is/was the ACC Illini, but then they went and joined the conference and now re-established themselves this year.
The Terps are the Jennifer Love Hewitt of college basketball: arrived in the ’80s, broke through in the ’90s, peaked in the early ’00s, did absolutely nothing for awhile, and recently made a comeback.Follow paulmbanks