The Final Four consisted of Maryland, making their second consecutive appearance, Kansas, making their first appearance since 1993, Indiana, making their first appearance since 1992, and Oklahoma, making their first appearance since their national runner-up finish in 1988.
Maryland defeated Indiana 64–52 in the championship game to win their first-ever national championship. Juan Dixon of Maryland was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
For the second straight tournament, the Elite Eight featured at least one double-digit seed. South Region tenth-seed Kent State and West Region twelfth-seed Missouri played in their respective regional finals, with Kent State losing to Indiana and Missouri losing to Oklahoma. This also marked the first time since 1987 that no team from the states of North Carolina nor Kentucky reached the Final Four.
The 2006 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament was held from March 18 to April 4, 2006, at several sites, with the championship game held in Boston. The Maryland Terrapins, coached by Brenda Frese, won their first National Championship, beating the Duke Blue Devils, coached by Gail Goestenkors, 78–75 in overtime. Laura Harper of the Terrapins was named Most Outstanding Player.
The field is set at 64 teams, with 31 automatic bids and 33 at-large bids. Unlike the men’s game, there is no play-in game. In addition, the first two rounds and regionals are usually played on “neutral” sites.
This was the first (and, as of 2019, last) Women’s final four since 1999 not to have either Connecticut or Tennessee.
Longstanding tensions within the Southern Conference culminated in 1951, when it passed a ban on participation in bowl games midway through the football season. At the end of the regular season, both Maryland and Clemson were invited and accepted invitations to postseason bowl games. The Southern Conference sanctioned the two schools with a one-year probation in which they could not schedule any football games against conference opponents. On May 8, 1953, Maryland became a founding member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) when it and six other schools voted to split from the Southern Conference.
On November 19, 2012, the University of Maryland’s Board of Regents voted to withdraw from the ACC to join the Big Ten Conference effective July 1, 2014.
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University of Maryland
1973 – Present / NCAA Division 1
1907 – 1973 / University Division of the NCAA
2014 – Present / Big 10 Conference
1953 – 2014 / ACC Conference
1921 – 1953 / Southern Conference
Terrapins – When the suggestion rang out from Maryland football coach Dr. H.C. Byrd in 1932 that the school adopt the “Diamondbacks” as a school symbol he wasn’t accused of having snakes in his head. The Diamondback that the future university president was referring to was not a serpent, but were instead the snapping turtles he had encounters with during his childhood in Crisfield Md.
The turtle was already represented on campus with the student newspaper that was named the Diamondback. The turtle soup got thicker the next year when the Class of 1933 donated a giant bronzed Diamondback. When the student yearbook, The Reveille, became The Terrapin in 1935, Maryland officials were ready to stick their necks out for their new symbol.
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