Lucky 13

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I’ll be honest. I thought this was the season the streak would end.

No, not Maryland’s postseason streak. The preseason call was 18-12, and Maryland wasn’t included in the early 65 from earlier this month, but I was still loath to predict the Terps would fall off a cliff.

That said, it was hard to envision Maryland beating a top-10 team for the 13th straight season.

After all, the Terps would likely have needed to beat Michigan State, Duke or North Carolina to make that happen. And that didn’t look all that likely.

Oops.

Indeed, the Terps drilled No. 5 Michigan State 80-62 tonight, extending the top-10 streak to 13 years.

It’s also Maryland’s 18th victory over a top-five team in coach Gary Williams‘ tenure. Here’s the full rundown of those wins:

1995: @No. 8 Maryland 86, No. 1 North Carolina 73

1997: No. 11 Maryland 54, @No. 2 Wake Forest 51

1997: No. 23 Maryland 85, No. 2 Kansas 83 (Franklin National Bank Classic)
1998: @Maryland 89, No. 1 North Carolina 83 (OT)

1998: No. 2 Maryland 62, No. 5 Stanford 60 (BB&T Classic)

2000: No. 23 Maryland 98, @No. 3 Duke 87

2001: No. 16 Maryland 91, @No. 2 Duke 80
2001: No. 11 Maryland 87, No. 2 Stanford 73 (West regional final)

2001: @No. 5 Maryland 76, No. 2 Illinois 63
2002: @No. 3 Maryland 87, No. 1 Duke 73
2002: No. 4 Maryland 97, No. 2 Kansas 88 (Final Four)

2003: @No. 17 Maryland 87, No. 1 Duke 72

2003: Maryland 69, @No. 1 Florida 68 (OT)
2004: Maryland 95, No. 5 Duke 87 (ACC tournament)

2005: Maryland 75, @No. 2 Duke 66

2007: @Maryland 89, No. 5 North Carolina 87

2008: Maryland 82, @No. 1 North Carolina 80

2008: Maryland 80, No. 5 Michigan State 62 (Old Spice Classic)

Patrick Stevens

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