Paul McMullen, sports writer for The Sun, will give a lecture, "Maryland Basketball: Tales from Cole Field House," at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Shriver Hall Auditorium on The Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.
As the team prepares for a game versus its rival, Duke, later in the day, McMullen will recall the colorful, exciting and sometimes tragic story of Maryland basketball during the Cole Field House era. He will chronicle the history of the University of Maryland men's basketball program spanning 1995 to 2002, describing how teams led by All-American players Tom McMillen, Len Elmore, John Lucas, Albert King, Len Bias, Walt Williams, Joe Smith, Steve Francis and Juan Dixon earned their remarkable 485-151 record at Cole. McMullen's Johns Hopkins University Press book shares the same title as the lecture and features a foreword by Len Elmore. The book will be available for sale and signing after the lecture.
In the book, McMullen looks back at the careers of coaches Bud Millikan, who took the Terps to their first ACC title in 1958; Lefty Driesell, who nearly succeeded in making Maryland "the UCLA of the East;" and Gary Williams, the former Terp who returned in 1989 to lead the team to two straight NCAA Final Fours and its first national championship. He also follows the ups and downs of the basketball program off the court, from recruiting violations and the death of Len Bias to the post-collegiate success of the team's players and coaches.
This lecture is part of the Wednesday Noon Series presented by the Johns Hopkins University Office of Special Events, now in its 37th season of cultural programming on the Homewood campus. This event is co-sponsored by The Johns Hopkins University Press and admission is free. For further information, call the Office of Special Events at 410-516-7157.
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