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Gary Williams Loves Misery

Gary Williams, emoting. (Toni Sandys - TWP)

Quick thoughts on a remarkable weekend of local basketball.

* Local No. 8 Maryland wins, Carolina fans cry. As much as I love seeing Carolina fans cry, I have staked too much on the premise that Maryland is mediocre to reverse ground now. But I did like reading this Seth Davis lede:

I once heard a friend of Maryland coach Gary Williams describe him thusly: "He has an overriding sense of misery, which sustains him in times of happiness."

That's an admirable trait, for which I have nothing but respect. I also liked Gary's last quote in the piece: "My message to them now is going to be, Don't forget who your friends were after the American game. Cause you're going to have a lot of friends [Sunday]." We'll see later today whether those newfound friends are voters in the Atlantic 11 Sports Bog Hoops Spectacular. Me, I still can't stop thinking about how they've been ranked behind UMBC for weeks. So that would put me in the "non-friend" category.

* Who's the hottest team in greater D.C.? The Caps? The Wizards? Hoyas? Terps? Try the unranked William & Mary Tribe, winners of five straight CAA games for the first time since 1997. Gheorghe da Blog explores.

* Dre Smith, 10 of 10 from three for Local No. 4 George Mason. That's Dave Hopla stuff. And no, I didn't know that his full name was Andre Leaward LaVaé Smith.

* Loss to Maine notwithstanding, three transfers to Local No. 7 UMBC have changed the school's basketball landscape by making chicken Alfredo, or something. Four winning seasons in 21 Division I years, and now the Retrievers are regulars in the Atlantic 11.

* Jeff Allen elbows a ref, gets suspended from Local No. 5 Virginia Tech. "After the game, Tech coach Seth Greenberg said he didn't see the bump. He talked to Allen about it and said Allen told him he didn't see [the ref] because he was untucking his jersey. Yet the contact appears intentional on the replay -- an admission that Tech's press release essentially made." Here's that replay.

* One I-81 suspension not enough for you? Local No. 6 James Madison has suspended junior swingman Joe Posey indefinitely. His offense?

Posey said it stemmed from "a semi-confrontation" he had with assistant coach Louis Rowe during Saturday's 96-75 loss to George Mason.

"I didn't feel like I was wrong for what went on," Posey said. "I feel like because he's a coach, and I'm a player, that might be it, but as far as man-to-man, I don't think I was wrong. I talked to Coach [Keener] today, and that's the decision he made."

This is the second time he's been suspended for semi-confronting a coach. If I got suspended every time I semi-confronted my editor, well, let's just say the world would know a lot less about what clothes the Wizards wear.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 22, 2008; 1:41 PM ET
Categories:  College Basketball  
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