The Washington Times - March 1, 2011, 03:38PM

If there’s a legitimate Maryland-related oddity in the ACC’s expansion era, it is an absolute inability to win at Miami.

Maryland is one of only two ACC teams (Virginia is the other) without a victory in Coral Gables since 2005. Heck, those two and Georgia Tech are the only teams without at least two wins at Miami.

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The Terrapins have come up with an assortment of ways to stumble against the Hurricanes in the BankUnited Center.

There was the overtime loss in 2005.

And the 13-0 lead Maryland spotted Miami in a 14-point loss in 2006.

And the blowout of 2008.

And the second-half meltdown a year later.

“There’s no reason for it, other than they did a good job against us, they were well coached, they played well,” coach Gary Williams said.

Of all those losses, only one – the ‘08 defeat – came against an eventual NCAA tournament team.

Only one came in front of a sellout crowd, too:

MARYLAND AT MIAMI ATTENDANCE FIGURES

2005: 7,000
2006: 5,125
2008: 6,058
2009: 4,651

That’s no surprise, of course; it’s not exactly a secret that despite the presence of a functional, well-designed on-campus facility, Miami basketball struggles (like most sports entities in South Florida) to attract fans.

So that’s one more element – a fair number of empty seats in the last three visits – that make this more of a puzzler.

Williams doesn’t have an explanation, and maybe there isn’t one. But it is an oddity, without question.