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Almost unexpectedly, the Terps made it back to Baltimore and unearthed a year-old souvenir. It was just another connection to the past - all of which helped prioritized how much value the present carried for this Maryland team.

“Regardless of what happened, I think what Carolina forced us to do was to go ‘Hey, you’d better bring it or you’re done,’ ” Tillman said. “There weren’t any easy games in front of us, so we might as well put everything we possibly can do into this, and it was the best thing for us.”