An oddball basketball stat of the day while considering tomorrow’s Maryland-Morgan State game at Comcast Center.
Many loyal readers will recall how Maryland lost at home to Coppin State in coach Gary Williams‘ first season, and the teams haven’t met since then. But the Terps have played plenty of other in-state opponents, in the more than 19 years since that game.
Thirty-five, to be exact. And the Terps have won each time.
Interestingly, Maryland’s last in-state winning streak (by what I’ve gleaned from scouring the media guide, though it’s possible I missed something) was exactly 35 games.
That run began in 1970 and continued through 1989, encompassing victories over Navy (11), UMES (10), Towson (5), Loyola (4), UMBC (2), Morgan State (1), Mount St. Mary’s (1) and Johns Hopkins (1).
Then came the Coppin game.
But tomorrow brings the chance to break that record, however arcane and irrelevant it really is. Here’s a look at how Maryland has fared against the other eight in-state Division I schools under Williams:
||Dec. 23, 2002
||Nov. 30, 1996
|Mount St. Mary’s
||Dec. 28, 2006
||Jan. 6, 2004
||Dec. 6, 2007
||Feb. 2, 2003
||Dec. 12, 1989
||March 17, 1985
—- Patrick Stevens