10 Years Ago This Week

I thought I'd pass along a great story on Drew Nicholas.  He' come back to the States after an extremely successful international career.

It's in its entirety below:

DREW NICHOLAS AUTHORED ONE OF THE GREAT NCAA TOURNEY
BUZZER BEATERS FOR MARYLAND 10 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
 
Chicago, IL - Ten years and some 750,000 YouTube views later, one of the University of Maryland basketball’s favorite sons has finally come clean about the shot that still stands as one of the greatest buzzer-beaters in NCAA Tournament history.
 
“Now that I’m back home from playing in Europe, working in the game and seeing everyone again,” said Drew Nicholas this weekend as college basketball took the national stage. “I have to admit. I thought it was an air-ball.”
 
For Maryland fans on March 21, 2003, down 73-72 to UNC Wilmington with just five seconds left in the first-round game at Atlanta, it was anything but. Nicholas took the inbounds pass, dribbled diagonally across to the right side of the court and let loose a high-arching three-pointer in front of two careful-not-to-foul defenders. There was no time to square up to the basket, so Nicholas leaped high off his left foot and released just before the buzzer. The backboard’s red light turned on as time expired and the ball swished through. Nicholas and his teammates celebrated wildly as the game-ending sequence took more than 10 minutes for officials to validate and confirm.
 
“It was calculated desperation,” smiles Nicholas, now a college basketball analyst after a standout 10-year playing career that included two championships and a scoring title in the Euroleague. “I was moving so fast that when I shot it, I aimed way left because I knew my momentum was going to carry the ball right. Still, my first thought was that it was going to be way off.”
 
That shot, plus a dagger three that beat North Carolina State three weeks earlier and a couple of dazzlers for the famed Euroleague team Panathinaikos (Athens, Greece) are part of a YouTube lineup under Nicholas’s name that is now moving toward one million views.
 
The air-ball confession reflects the honesty that Nicholas displays in his role as studio analyst for Total College Sports (TCS, www.TotalCSports.com) and his game analyst work for ESPN3.
 
From the commentary desk at the TCS studios in Chicago this week, he is projecting two big upsets of #1 seeds. “St. Louis can knock out Louisville in that Midwest Region because they will handle the pressure,” Nicholas says. “They’ll slow it down and if Louisville can’t get those easy points off the press, they are vulnerable.” He also likes Wisconsin to oust Gonzaga. “They’ve beaten Indiana, Michigan and Ohio St. so they know how to compete in America’s best conference,” he adds. “Wisconsin can make it a low-scoring game and they’ve got enough big people to match up with Gonzaga’s size.”
 
Like that kid in a candy story, Nicholas continues to follow his dreams. “I have this deep love for the game and a unique experience as a player both in college and in Europe,” Nicholas offers. “I’ve been fortunate to have a pro career overseas, so I’ve got that out of my system. I know I’ve been out of sight, out of mind, but I’m working now to continue in basketball as a commentator.”
 
A high school star at Long Island Lutheran in Brookville, NY, Nicholas was recruited to Maryland by legendary Terps coach Gary Williams. His time with the Terrapins included the 2002 NCAA Championship, in which Maryland defeated Kentucky, Connecticut and Kansas enroute to the Monday night final before topping Indiana, 64-52, for the title. His four-year teammate was Steve Blake, now in his 10th year in the NBA. Juan Dixon, Lonny Baxter, Chris Wilcox and Terence Morris were among the other standouts during a golden era of Maryland basketball.
 
In addition to his work at TCS, where his host/partner is Tim Doyle, the former Northwestern University star guard, Nicholas is doing media interviews around the country as America gears up for another frenetic run through some 67 games in 13 cities over 21 days.
 
Inevitably, there will be another buzzer-beater or three to punctuate what many believe is the most exciting spectacle in sports and entertainment today. Drew Nicholas will applaud, comment and allow a special smile as the tournament moves toward its Monday, April 8, culmination in Atlanta, the same city where he made such great memories 10 years ago.
 
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Author: Jeremy | 3/24/2013 8:01:12 PM | Tags: drew nicholas, basketball, ncaa tournament, uncw |

Maryland vs UNC

The Terps have their latest "must-win" game of the season tonight. It will be in the midst of a snowstorm.  If the crowd shows up, we should give UNC all they can handle. The last game against Wake was promising.  The team played a style that was reminiscent of the early season form.  Pe'shon Howard finally played well.  The Terps are still [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/6/2013 9:33:00 AM | Tags: basketball, unc, game thread |

Maryland vs UNC

UNC is not the same UNC we are used to seeing.  They look vulnerable.  Desmond Hubert is regularly involved in things.  Remember him?  Desperate Terp fans were briefly enamored with him Jordan Williams abandoned us.  Regardless, this is not the same UNC team were used to seeing. However, these Terps aren't the same Terps we were used to seeing t [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/18/2013 10:44:50 PM | Tags: basketball, unc, game threads |

Terps Attempt Dragonslaying vs UNC And Charles Mitchell Commits

 Today was a great day for the Terps.  Maryland played what was arguably its most complete game of the season beating Wake Forest by 20 points.  The bigger story is, of course, that the Terps nabbed their third Top 100 recruit of the class in Charles Mitchell. Mitchell is a 6'8" 250lb power forward.  He'll give us the kind of depth in the frontcou [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/8/2012 9:02:18 PM | Tags: unc, acc tournament, quarterfinals, basketball |

Terps Visit UNC For Last Shot At Glory

 This weekend's horrific loss at Georgia Tech torpedoed what was left of any slim hope to get an at-large bid.  What remains is for the Terps to start improving on demonstrating their ability to compete consistently with the best teams in the country.  UNC offers them this chance. On paper, the Tarheels are the most talented in team in the country [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/29/2012 10:22:11 AM | Tags: unc, thread, basketball |

Maryland Tips Off Against UNCW

I've been away all day, so I apologize for getting the thread up late.  Two quick thoughts: 1. Drew Nicholas ain't walking through the door, so the Terps better come to play. 2. Apparently, Terrell Stoglin is not starting.  It's clear Turgeon is going to value the basketball this year at all costs. [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/13/2011 6:08:34 PM | Tags: uncw, basketball, opening game, thread |

Beat UNC; Go Dancing

If the Terps win tonight; the administration should consider changing the mascot to a Phoenix.  Because with a win, the Terps will have risen from the ashes to save yet another season. The task will not be easy.  Carolina has not lost at home all year. However, only a fool would count Gary Williams and the Terps out.  They've done it too many times [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/26/2011 7:44:15 PM | Tags: big games, unc, game thread |

Picking up the Pieces

Stomach Punch.Call it the most gut-wrenching loss in Maryland history.  Call it the anti-Drew Nicholas.  Whatever you want to call it; I'm left shell shocked and I don't mean that as a pun.  I've been wandering the streets of neighborhood (still freezing cause I live in fucking Chicago) with the sound of Korie Lucious' shot hitting the back iron st [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/21/2010 3:38:02 PM | Tags: greivis vasquez, korie lucious, jordan williams, stomach punch loss, most gut-wrenching terp loss ever |

Terps Eviscerate Tarheels

Maryland asked all the right questions today of the Tarheels.  The Terps dared UNC to beat our press. For the most part, they could not. We forced them to execute in the half court.  They could not.It can be argued that UNC is "down" this year.  Whatever.  They start two seniors, both of whom were more highly recruited than any of the Maryland seni [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/7/2010 4:46:35 PM | Tags: unc, post game |

UNC Game Thread

Outside of the snow, the most popular discussion in College Park this weekend is about how this afternoon's contest against UNC is a "trap game"  Don't bet on it.  When your coach exhibits the kind of dedication we have seen from Gary Williams (as mentioned previously, he hasn't slept at his home since before the Florida State game); then you bette [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/7/2010 9:04:22 AM | Tags: unc, game threads |
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