All week, Lefty Driesell has reminded his Terrapins of the shame. Last year, humilation read: UCLA 90, Maryland 57.
"We've got clippings from that game on the board in the locker room. I put 90-57 on the scoreboard during practice," said Driesell, the Maryland coach. "I'd show them the game films, too, but that might shock them too much."
Tonight at 8 in Cole Field House, UCLA will play Maryland. Tickets are still available. Also available is the possibility of another Terrapin skull-rattling.
Just don't tell Driesell.
"We're not going to lay down for them. Look at our games last year against Wake Forest and Virginia. We've got a pretty good record against teams we're not supposed to beat," Driesell said.
And Maryland (4-2) is not supposed to beat UCLA. These days, not too many teams are supposed to beat the Bruins. Their record is 6-0, their ranking is No. 3. They have completed the first year of a two-year probation, which included the major sanctions, and may now play in the NCAA tournament and appear on TV.
They are on the move. With guards like Rod Foster (13.5 points per game) and Ralph Jackson (8.5 points), the Bruins thrive on fast breaks.
"They come at you," is how Driesell puts it. "I told my team they're the best fast-breaking team I've seen in a couple years."
The Bruins station 7-foot center Stuart Gray (7.3 points, six rebounds) in the middle to maintain peace in the key and allow forwards Kenny Fields (18.2 points) and Darren Daye (17.5 points) to fill the lanes and the baskets all night.
The result is a concoction that is both wicked and undefeated. "And you can't say UCLA hasn't played anybody, either," Driesell said. "They haven't played any Mickey Mouse teams."
The UCLA string of victories looks like this: Brigham Young (85-82), De Paul (73-70 in overtime), Notre Dame (65-64), San Jose State (94-71), Iowa (75-66) and Lousiana State (82-68). Mickey, who?
Since there will be no shot clock (or three-point play) in this game and since second-year Coach Larry Farmer lets his Bruins live their life in the fast lane, Driesell was asked if his Terrapins might stall.
"I don't reckon we will," Driesell said. "We have to make them play our game."
Mostly this season, the Maryland game has been sophomore Adrian Branch, averaging 22 points. After suffering a knee injury two weeks ago, it seemed Branch's season might be over. That might have ended Maryland's season, too.
But the injury was not as serious as first believed. Branch recovered to score 40 points in the Terrapins' last two games, 15 in the 85-64 victory over Duquesne, 25 in the 66-56 victory over Towson State.
Driesell said Branch, who is 6-8, likely would move to guard to replace Jeff Adkins, whose broken left index finger is still sore. Driesell also said Ed Farmer will make his first start at forward, trying to help Len Bias and Ben Coleman with rebounding.
UCLA has played Maryland three times. UCLA has defeated Maryland three times. Last year's game was nationally televised.
Sensing no trend, only change, Driesell said, "I'm not going to sit here and boost UCLA. I hope they're sorry Thursday night."