Governor Theodore McKeldin was in attendance and Bob Kessler scored the first points at Cole as he led Maryland to a 67-55 win over Virginia.
The Terps' first NCAA tournament team defeated defending NCAA champion and No. 3 North Carolina, 74-61, in front of 15,100, then an attendance record south of the Mason-Dixon Line.
Feb. 21, 1959
Unranked Maryland beat No. 1 North Carolina, 69-51, the first of the Terps' seven wins over top-ranked teams at Cole.
March 16, 1962
Behind Len Chappell and Billy Packer, Wake Forest beat St. Joseph's, 96-85, in the first of 36 NCAA tournament games played at Cole.
Jan. 30, 1965
DeMatha downed Power Memorial, 46-43, ending a 71-game win streak and handing Lew Alcindor the lone loss of his prep career.
March 19, 1966
No. 3 Texas Western stopped No. 1 Kentucky, 72-65, in a unique NCAA final. The Wildcats were all white, and all seven of the players used by the Miners were African-American.
March 21, 1970
UCLA handled Jacksonville, 80-69, in the last NCAA final played at an on-campus arena. It was the fourth straight title for the Bruins.
Jan. 9, 1971
Unranked Maryland shocked No. 2 South Carolina in overtime, 31-30. A slow-down first half had just three baskets, and Jim O'Brien got the game-winner.
Feb. 16, 1972
Sophomore Tom McMillen had 27 points as No. 19 Maryland avenged a 20-point loss with a 79-77 overtime win over No. 5 North Carolina and Bob McAdoo.
Jan. 14, 1973