The college basketball season didn’t end with us crowning a national champion. A week before one of the best events in the sporting world was set to begin, the NCAA called off March Madness, citing the coronavirus pandemic as the primary concern behind playing college basketball games.
It was a tough call, but the right decision.
Since the tournament was canceled, the college basketball season ended without us knowing who would’ve won the national championship. But Maryland guard Anthony Cowan has no doubt that this year’s national champion was his team.
“I’m telling my kids that — already told myself that,” Cowan said on Glenn Clark Radio earlier this week. “Whatever you can do to make yourself feel more positive about something, that’s what I try to do. I’m going to tell my kids, I’m going to tell my grandkids, for sure we won the national championship that year.”
Maryland ended the 2019-20 campaign by winning a share of the B1G regular season title. The Terrapins compiled a 24-7 record, which included a 14-6 mark in B1G play. They ended the year ranked No. 12 in the Associated Press poll.
Cowan was a catalyst in Maryland’s championship season, averaging a team-high 16.3 points, 4.7 assists and 1.0 steals per game. He also shot 39 percent from the floor on the year.
Heading into the NCAA Tournament, Cowan says Maryland was trending in the right direction.
“I was extremely confident. I think everyone was starting to get their groove back. That Michigan game really showed a lot,” Cowan said. “Everybody that got in contributed and played very well. Everybody was getting their swag back, their confidence back. I was very confident that we could step up and make a big run in both (the B1G and NCAA) tournaments.”