Basketball has been a popular sport in Maryland for many years.

Baltimore Orioles. The Baltimore Orioles team played in the American Basketball League from 1926 to 1927.

Baltimore Clippers. Also in the American Basketball League, the Baltimore Clippers played from 1939 to 1941.

Baltimore Bullets. From 1944 to 1973, several teams were called the Baltimore Bullets. The first Bullets team played from 1944 to 1947 in the American Basketball League. After joining the Basketball Association of America in 1947, the Bullets won the League Championship in 1948. When the Basketball Association of America became part of the National Basketball Association in 1949, the Bullets remained in that league until the team disbanded in 1954. The next Baltimore Bullets team played in the Eastern Professional Basketball League from 1958 to 1961, winning the Championship in their final year. The last Baltimore Bullets team, formerly the Chicago Zephyrs, played from 1963 until 1973.

Capital Bullets. In 1973, the Baltimore Bullets moved to Landover, Maryland, and changed their name to the Capital Bullets.

There are several semi-professional basketball teams in Maryland. The American Basketball Association (ABA), a minor league that formed in 1999, has several Maryland teams including the Baltimore Hawks, the
Maryland Bulldogz in Poolesville, and the PG Valor in Clinton.

[Diamondback Terrapin mascot, University of Maryland] COLLEGIATE BASKETBALL
Collegiate basketball also has been important in Maryland. The
University of Maryland, College Park's Maryland Terrapins, or Terps, men's team won the national championship in the men's Division I basketball tournament of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on April 1, 2002, beating Indiana University at Atlanta, Georgia.

Fear the Turtle. Diamondback Terrapin mascot, University of Maryland, College Park.

On March 14, 2004, the Maryland Terrapins beat Duke University to win the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) men's basketball tournament. In 2004, the Terps also made their 11th straight trip to the Division I basketball tournament of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

In April 2006, the University of Maryland, College Park's Maryland Terrapins women's team won the national championship at the women's Division I tournament of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in Boston, Massachusetts. The Terrapins defeated Duke University 78-75 in overtime for their first NCAA basketball title.

In March 2010, the Terrapins ended the regular season tied with Duke University for first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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