The Washington Times - January 6, 2009, 12:10PM

Here’s an astonishing little nugget I uncovered yesterday morning while I was thinking about Maryland’s seven-game winning streak.

That’s a solid accomplishment. Real solid. There were chances for the Terrapins to trip up along the way, but mostly they just strung together double-digit victory margins.

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In some ways, it feels like that’s supposed to happen. But it probably only feels that way because of how things were earlier in the decade, when Maryland demolished teams left and right.

It isn’t that easy to win seven straight, as Maryland has found out. If the Terps win tomorrow against Morgan State, they’ll have matched their longest winning streak since winning the national title in 2002.

Don’t believe me? Here are the top three winning streaks since then:

8: Nov. 7, 2006-Nov. 28, 2006
7: Feb. 11, 2007-March 3, 2007
7: Dec. 3, 2008-present

So two long winning streaks two years ago, one at the start of the year to earn a national ranking and another late in ACC play to lock up an NCAA tournament berth.

In case you’re wondering only one Maryland team in the 48+ team tournament era (since 1980) has put together a seven-game winning streak and failed to make the NCAA field. That was in 1992-93 – the freshman year for Duane Simpkins, Exree Hipp, Johnny Rhodes and Mario Lucas. That team won seven straight to get to 8-1 on Jan. 2, but stumbled in league play to a 12-16 season.

(The other Terp teams that won at least seven straight in that span were the ones that played in the NCAA tournament in 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2007).

Patrick Stevens