Cole Field House Milestones
Attendance Through the Years
NCAA Tournaments at Cole
Its official name is the "William P. Cole Jr. Student Activities Building."
That is the name that can be read on the structure that still sits between the tennis courts and the university's student union, on the main thoroughfare of the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park. It is no longer, however, the home of Maryland basketball, as it was for 47 years since December of 1955.
Everyone just called it "Cole." Like Kentucky, where the Wildcats play at "Rupp." Or in Westwood, where UCLA plays at "Pauley." The building is Cole Field House, even though that description appears nowhere officially. The nation's only on-campus arena to play host to multiple Final Fours, it has hosted numerous NCAA tournaments for basketball, volleyball and wrestling. It also hosted a U.S. vs. China ping-pong match in 1972 before a capacity crowd in what was the first sporting event held between the two nations; it hosted U.S. Presidents and, in September 1974, it even hosted Elvis.
Besides the all-black starting five of Texas Western taking the floor against Kentucky in the national championship game of 1966, Cole Field House was also home to the first black basketball players in the ACC -- Maryland's Billy Jones (1966-68) and Pete Johnson (1967-69).
Cole Was A House Of Horrors For No. 1 Teams
When the No. 3-ranked Terrapins dispatched top-rated Duke on Feb. 27, 2002, it was Cole Field House's seventh game in which a No. 1 ranked team has fallen.
Including NCAA Tournament games, Notre Dame's Joyce Athletics & Convocation Center has hosted six No. 1 upsets and Oklahoma's Lloyd Noble Center has been the site of five.
At Cole, Maryland has beaten the nation's top team in six of those seven games. Also at Cole, No. 3-ranked Texas Western topped No. 1 Kentucky during the 1966 Final Four.
In 47 seasons, Terrapin teams were 486-151 at Cole Field House. A few of Cole's most memorable basketball moments:
Cole Field House dedicated at a cost of $3.3 million. Maryland defeats Virginia, 67-55, on Dec. 2 in the first game in the new facility.
Cole is home to the Atlantic Coast Conference champions and Maryland's first NCAA Tournament team.
Bill Bradley scored 41 points in the NCAA East Region championship game as Princeton topped Providence, 109-69.
Cole plays host to the NCAA Final Four. In the semifinals, Kentucky defeats Duke and Texas Western (now Texas-El Paso) defeats Utah. Texas Western then defeats Kentucky in one of the most historic championship games in history.
Cole plays host to the NCAA Final Four for the second time. UCLA defeats Jacksonville for the title as Sidney Wicks outduals Artis Gilmore. It was the fourth of UCLA's seven consecutive NCAA championships.
Maryland defeats No. 2 South Carolina, 31-30, in one of the great "slow-down" games in the history of Cole. Leading only 4-3 at halftime, Maryland needed a lay-up from Jim O'Brien to tie the game with five seconds to go in regulation and an 11-foot jumper from O'Brien to win the game with four seconds remaining in OT.
Cole is home to the National Invitation Tournament champions - the Maryland Terrapins.
The Cole Field House single-game attendance record of 15,287 was set as Maryland played host to North Carolina on Feb. 16. Maryland won 79-77 in an overtime thriller.
Cole was the site of the first women's basketball game ever to be televised.
On Super Bowl Sunday, Larry Gibson sank a free throw with one second on the clock to boost the Terps past top-ranked Notre Dame, 67-66, on Jan. 27, 1979. Gibson scored 11 points that day while Ernest Graham scored 28 and Buck Williams grabbed 15 rebounds.
Cole is home to the ACC champion Terrapins.
In the NCAA Eastern Regional first round, 15th-seeded Richmond defeats No. 2 seed Syracuse, 73-69, in one of the great upsets in NCAA Tournament history. It was only the second time in the history of the tournament that a No. 15 seed had defeated a No. 2 seed.
On Jan. 15, 1992, No. 3 Maryland hosted No. 2 Virginia in a women's basketball shootout before a sellout crowd of 14,500. The game still stands as the ACC attendance mark for a women's game.
Maryland defeats No. 10 North Carolina, 82-80, on a last-second tip-in by All-American Walt Williams. Williams put the Terps up 81-80 with 1.3 seconds remaining to lead the Terps past the Tar Heels in Cole for only the second time since the 1982-83 season.
Before a sellout crowd on March 5, Maryland defeats Virginia, 70-68, to clinch a fourth-place tie in the ACC standings and virtually assure its first NCAA Tournament bid under Gary Williams.
Maryland defeats No. 1 North Carolina, 86-73, in front of a sellout crowd and a national television audience.
Maryland defeats No. 1 North Carolina, 89-83 in overtime, as Laron Profit scores 19 points overall and six during an overtime period. It marks the second time in three years that the Terps beat No. 1 North Carolina in Cole.
Maryland sets a school record with 28 wins on the season, and the Terps host a record 14,455 fans per game at Cole. Junior sensation Steve Francis is named an All-American and later chosen as the second pick in the NBA draft.
Maryland defeats Virginia 102-67 in the final game of the regular season to mark the most lopsided win ever, in the longtime series against its ACC rival. One week later, the Terps advance to their eighth straight NCAA Tournament berth and bring back to College Park the first Final Four banner in school history.
Maryland defeats top-ranked Duke before a national television audience, 87-73, to take over first place in the ACC and mark the seventh time in Cole history that a No. 1 ranked team has been defeated.
Maryland beats Virginia 112-92 to win its first ACC regular season title since 1980, in what is the final game at Cole. A standing-room only crowd witnesses an emotional postgame event with returning All-Americans commemorating Cole's final game, followed by a net-cutting ceremony to celebrate the Terps' league title.
The NCAA Champion Terrapins return to Cole before a crowd of over 12,000 adoring fans, just hours after winning the first national championship in school history.
|Dedicated:||December 2, 1955|
|Capacity:||14,500 (Courtside Seats: 96)|
|First Game:||December 2, 1955|
|First Win:||December 2, 1955||Maryland 67, Virginia 55|
|First Loss:||December 15, 1955||Kentucky 62, Maryland 61|
|100th Game:||December 18, 1964||Maryland 82, Wake Forest 64|
|200th Game:||January 23, 1973||Maryland 100, Long Island 73|
|300th Game:||February 23, 1980||Maryland 82, Virginia 71|
|400th Game:||January 10, 1987||Virginia 71, Maryland 64|
|500th Game:||December 2, 1993||Maryland 89, UMBC 80|
|600th Game:||February 2, 2000||Maryland 91, Virginia 79|
|100th Victory:||February 25, 1970||Maryland 83, West Virginia 76|
|200th Victory:||December 28, 1977||Maryland 91, Western Kentucky 78|
|300th Victory:||November 23, 1985||Maryland 84, Northeastern 72|
|400th Victory:||December 23, 1995||Maryland 104, American 79|
|486th Victory:||March 3, 2002||Maryland 112, Virginia 92|
Home Games Only
Total Season Games
|Attendance records prior to 1963 are incomplete|
|1962 Eastern Regional|
|RSF: Wake Forest 96, St. Joseph's (Pa.) 85; Villanova 79, New York Univ. 76|
|RF: Wake Forest 79, Villanova 69|
|3P: New York Univ. 94, St. Joseph's (Pa.) 85|
|1963 Eastern Regional|
|RSF:  Duke 81, New York Univ. 76; St. Joseph's (Pa.) 97, West Virginia 88|
|RF:  Duke 73, St. Joseph's (Pa.) 69|
|3P: West Virginia 83, New York Univ. 73|
|1965 Eastern Regional|
|RSF: Princeton 66, North Carolina State 48;  Providence 81, St. Joseph's (Pa.) 73 (OT)|
|RF: Princeton 109,  Providence 69|
|3P: North Carolina State 83, St. Joseph's (Pa.) 81|
|1966 Final Four|
|NSF:  Kentucky 83,  Duke 79;  Texas Western 85, Utah 78|
|NF:  Texas Western 85,  Kentucky 65|
|3P:  Duke 79, Utah 77|
|1967 Eastern Regional|
|RSF:  North Carolina 78,  Princeton 70 (OT);  Boston College 63, St. John's 62|
|RF:  North Carolina 96,  Boston College 80|
|3P:  Princeton 78, St. John's 58|
|1968 First Round|
|1R:  Davidson 79, St. John's 70; Columbia 83, La Salle 69|
|1969 Eastern Regional|
|RSF:  North Carolina 79,  Duquesne 78;  Davidson 79,  St. John's 69|
|RF:  North Carolina 87,  Davidson 85|
|3P:  Duquesne 75,  St. John's 72|
|1970 Final Four|
|NSF:  Jacksonville 94,  St. Bonaventure 83;  UCLA 93,  New Mexico State 77|
|NF:  UCLA 80,  Jacksonville 69|
|3P:  New Mexico State 79,  St. Bonaventure 73|
|1977 Eastern Regional|
|RSF:  Kentucky 93,  Virginia Military 78;  North Carolina 79,  Notre Dame 77|
|RF:  North Carolina 79,  Kentucky 72|
|1991 Eastern Regional|
|1R:  Oklahoma State 67, New Mexico 54; NC State 114, Southern Mississippi 85; Temple 80, Purdue 63; Richmond 73,  Syracuse 69|
|2R:  Oklahoma State 73, NC State 64; Temple 77, Richmond 64|
|Legend: 1R-First Round; 2R-Second Round; RSF-Regional Semifinals; RF-Regional Final; NSF-National Semifinal; NF-National Final; 3P-Third Place|
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