'We Just Happen To Be Located Close To Each Other'
Excited about tonight's Maryland-Georgetown match-up? Fired up because these two programs -- separated by less than 15 miles -- play each other once per presidential administration? Well, good for you. But Gary Williams isn't buying it.
Sure, Maryland's head coach is pumped for his team to get back out on the court tonight, but when I spoke with him yesterday afternoon, he claimed Georgetown's close proximity to College Park added nothing to the contest, at least from his perspective.
"Well Georgetown’s a ranked team; it’s significant any time you play a ranked team," Williams said. "That would be a significant win for you if you can get the game. You know, we both have our rivalries. They have great rivalries in the Big East; we have great rivalries in the ACC. Those are two of the best basketball conferences in the country, and so that’s where your focus is most of the time. For the fans, I know they like the local rivalries and things like that, but you know, we just happen to be located close to each other."
If you say so, Coach.
For the rest of you D.C. area natives, how big of a deal is this game to you? And how much would you like to see Maryland and Georgetown reconvene an annual rivalry?
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