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32. Maryland, 2002

Maryland wanted to get back to the Final Four after a surprising run in 2001. The backcourt of Juan Dixon and Steve Blake wasn't the most talented in the country (although both were pros), yet it persevered. The Terps fed off one another quite well and had the right balance inside. The final against Indiana was a bit anticlimactic, but not for Gary Williams. The national title culminated quite a run for the coach, as he took his alma mater from an NCAA investigation to subsequent penalties to the top of the sport. This team had winners. That's what I remember most about this squad. It defended and didn't quit or take possessions off. -- Andy Katz