The Maryland Terrapins have established themselves as one of the best basketball programs in the entire country. The Terp's men's basketball team is on the rise once again, and the Terp's women's team continues to be a perennial powerhouse.
Terp's men's basketball head coach Mark Turgeon has worked long and hard over the last four years since he was hired in 2011 to be bring Maryland basketball back to one of the elite teams in the country. Additionally, Terp's women's basketball head coach Brenda Frese continues to work towards building an empire as her program has 12 straight NCAA tournament appearances and a national championship to her credit.
The men and women's team had a combined record of 37-5 in Big Ten conference play in the 2014-15 season (men 15-5 and women 21-0) and along with that, the two teams were 35-1 at home combined. The Terps are bringing credibility back to women's college basketball in the Big Ten as they became the first school in the conference since 2005 to reach the final four.
The men's team has opened the season ranked number three in the coaches poll and the women's team is ranked number nine the AP Poll. As a matter of fact, Maryland is the only school to have both of their men and women's team ranked in the top 10 AP poll.
It also doesn't hurt that the women's team has the number one recruiting class in 2016 according to ESPN.com.
Maryland's football team is work in progress and people love to poke fun at them, but there is nothing funny about the Terps on the basketball court. Opposing Big Ten opponents are starting to realize that Maryland basketball is something they are going to have to deal with for a very long time. And it might not be fun for the opponents either.
Maryland is the only school in the Big Ten to win a national championship in college basketball since the start of the 2001-02 season. The men's team won it all in 2002 and the women's team won it all in 2006.
Not to mention, Maryland is only one of two schools in the entire country over the last 20 years to win a national championship in basketball with both men and women programs (the other being the Connecticut Huskies).
The opportunity is available right now more than ever for Maryland to take the conference by storm. With the backing of Under Armour, the sky is the limit. New facilities are being built in College Park to entice recruits, and the athletic program all around is doing their best to keep local talent in high school at home.
The goal for Maryland isn't only to be the best basketball program in the Big Ten. The goal is to be the best basketball program in the country. A lot of teams have that goal, but Maryland has the pieces to do it.
Ever since Maryland arrived to the Big Ten, there has been a different vibe about their athletic program which has obviously spilled over to their basketball program.
Second place isn't good enough. Second place will never be good enough.