Could It Happen Again?
To the chagrin of area college basketball fans (and at least one college sports editor), Maryland and Georgetown never seem able to put petty differences aside and play each other on the basketball court. The last time the teams met, it took place in Anaheim, Calif., naturally. That was the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament. Both schools had been sent to play their first two games in Boise (naturally), along with George Mason, Hampton and Lefty Driesell (naturally). Hampton shocked No. 2 see Iowa State in the first round, an upset that paved the way for the Hoyas. Maryland withstood a serious scare from George Mason in the first round, but after both teams won their second-round games, the Washington area hoops fans' dream matchup was complete -- albeit 2,500 miles away. Maryland won that game, then went on to beat Stanford in the regional final for its first trip to the Final Four.
So with Georgetown taking on Tennessee at 1 p.m. today and Maryland facing Gonzaga at 5:30 (both games on ESPN), all we need is a win by each (or a loss by each) to get a long-anticipated rematch (the final is Sunday night at 7:30). Yeah, it would require another upset by the Terps, but who thought we'd get this close? What could be a better way to close November than Terps-Hoyas? In Orlando, natually.
November 28, 2008; 8:52 AM ET
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