BY ERIC GARLAND, CSNmidatlantic.com
In a game of “Where in the World was SVP,” SportsCenter host and Maryland alum Scott Van Pelt was forced to relive a painful memory.
Just how painful? He was forced to re-watch highlights from Maryland’s infamous overtime loss to Duke, when the Terrapins blew a 10-point lead with under a minute to go in regulation.
The 98-96 loss to the rival Blue Devils occurred 15 years ago to the day. Van Pelt, who was in attendance at that game in College Park, showed that wound still hasn’t healed for him as he watched the highlights in horror.
“I give everybody the tip of the cap, I’m sure there were a lot of people involved in this,” said Van Pelt, who at one point jokingly brought a tissue to his face.
And to make matters worse, someone special delivered a message to SVP: ESPN college basketball analyst and former Blue Devil Jay Williams.
Williams, who scored 25 points that night to help bury the Terps, offered an apology in a video message.
“SVP, look man I’m sorry, what do you want from me?” he said. “I got hot at the right time. We won a championship that year, but you guys won it the following year.”
On top of that stunning loss in 2001, the Terrapins lost to Duke again in the Final Four that same season.
Hang in there SVP, hopefully the Terps being in the conversation of making a deep run in the NCAA Tournament this year is making that memory sting a little less.
Watch SVP relive that awful day in the ESPN video below.
15 years ago, @notthefakeSVP saw Duke's comeback win vs Maryland. He didn't see this reminder of it coming, though. https://t.co/ukn11omZZo
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 28, 2016