MARYLAND WINS FIRST-EVER NCAA BASKETBALL TITLE

March 21, 2002 11:40 PM
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Maryland won its first-ever national college basketball championship Monday night with a 64-52 victory over underdog Indiana at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

The Terrapins, an eight-point favorite, ended Indiana's cinderella run in the tourney by rallying from a 44-42 deficit in the final 10 minutes.

The Hoosiers, 8-1 underdogs upon reaching the Final Four, upset Oklahoma to earn a spot in the championship game. Indiana also eliminated Duke, the 6-5 pre-tourney favorite, in the second round.

Teams seeded 1-3 in the tourney wound up 17-22 ATS. Favorites won 34 of the 63 games in the three-week tournament.

Maryland, a 2-1 favorite entering the Final Four, ousted Kansas in a battle of No. 1 regional seeds to reach the title game against the Hoosiers.

Indiana had been 5-0 straight-up in prior national title games. This was Maryland's first NCAA Final appearance.