Team preview: Maryland

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2004-05 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: October 19, 2004, 5:40 PM ET
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COACH AND PROGRAM

The best thing about being a Maryland Terrapin fan is that you're never ever going to have to worry about Gary Williams getting too comfortable as the leader of one of the nation's top basketball programs.

Williams, who has guided his Terrapins to 11 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, is coming off one of his most trying – and ultimately satisfying – seasons in years, last season's 20-12 roller-coaster that included his first ACC Tournament title. His Toddler Terrapins (11 players were either in their first or second year in the program) actually finished sixth in the powerful Atlantic Coast Conference before an incredible three-day run in Greensboro, N.C., in the storied tournament. Maryland, on the bubble to keep that NCAA Tournament streak alive, knocked off the top three seeds en route to the school's first tournament title since 1984.

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