DETROIT —- A running joke emerged late Saturday night here, and it happened to be connected with the two national finalists.
Indeed, Michigan State and North Carolina will play for the title tonight. Maryland happened to beat both of them.
So the over/under on how many times this fact will be publicly mentioned in the next 365 days is approximately 73. And we media folks received salvo No. 1 (ONE, ONE salvo, mwa ha ha ha) around midday Sunday alerting us to this development.
So, yes, Maryland did beat both finalists. But so have these teams since 1993-94 (data courtesy of collegerpi.com):
2004: North Carolina (Connecticut and Georgia Tech)
2001: Stanford (Duke and Arizona)
2000: Purdue (Michigan State and Florida)
2000: Kentucky (Michigan State and Florida)
1996: Massachusetts (Kentucky and Syracuse)
—- Patrick Stevens