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When friend and colleague Eric Prisbell predicted on his new college basketball blog that Gary Williams would "mention the words Michigan State in almost every press conference from now until Selection Sunday," I was hoping for the sake of my sanity that he would be wrong.

At least in an immediate sense, it's looking as though my sanity doesn't stand a chance against Prisbell's prognosticating abilities.

When I spoke by phone with Williams yesterday afternoon, I asked him what alterations Maryland would make in the aftermath of Friday night's loss to Gonzaga.

"Well, so far we’ve played the fifth-ranked team in the country and beat them; we’ve played the ninth-ranked team in the country and didn’t win that game, so, you know, we’re playing really good teams, and so, you learn a lot from that," Williams said. "Hopefully we learned some things from the game against Gonzaga that we can use against Georgetown."

In search of a more specific answer, I asked if those lessons learned would translate to specific adaptations for specific players or to a broader change in approach on the nights when the Terps play teams with bigger lineups.

"Well you know I think we’ve been pretty successful to beat Michigan State," Williams said. "You know, I think Gonzaga’s as good as anybody right now, so we’re not in a panic mode by any means right now. You know, not many teams would have beaten Gonzaga last night the way they played, so we’re just trying to make sure we play well."

And with that, Williams met his quota for our interview.

Certainly, Maryland's win over No. 5 Michigan State was impressive and may prove to be a very important token for the Terps down the road.

But at least one sportswriter is hoping Williams eventually will let the win speak for itself, rather than continuing to bring it up on a consistent basis.

By Steve Yanda  |  November 30, 2008; 12:12 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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