Editor’s note: This week marks one year since the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily stopped, and in some ways permanently changed, sports in North America. This is one part of a content series running on NBCSportsWashington.com.
When the Maryland men’s basketball team beat Michigan on March 8 of last year to clinch a share of the Big Ten championship for the first time since joining the conference, there was no way to know it would be the Terps’ last time taking the court in 2020.
In a normal year, they would have gotten an opportunity to ride that momentum into the conference tournament and hopefully ride it through the NCAA tournament, where a senior like Anthony Cowan would get one last chance to vie for a national championship and show professional scouts what he’s capable of.
As we know now, 2020 turned out to be far from a normal year. The week following Maryland’s co-championship was filled with announcements of conference tournament cancellations, the suspension of the NBA season and eventually the unfathomable news that the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments were canceled due to COVID-19.
“We know we had a really good team, we know that we could’ve maybe done something — could’ve lost in the first round, could’ve advanced to the Final Four, who knows,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said at the time. “We’ll never know.”
That uncertainty, the element of what could have been, didn’t end with college basketball. All winter and spring sports were done for the year, across college and local