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'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?

By Steve Yanda  |  November 30, 2008; 8:01 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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The real story is that Georgetown snubbed Maryland on a home and home deal, after Maryland beat a heavily favored GT team 15 years ago. Everyone knows it. If GT would stop being a sore loser and come to college park AS THEY PROMISED TO ON THE HOME AND HOME DEAL then fans could possibly enjoy an annual game between two good hometown programs.

Until then Maryland should not schedule GT. What a bunch of losers - that can't even standby their word!

Go Terps!

Posted by: Jaymand | November 30, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

These two teams should be playing each other every year. And yes, Georgetown should play at the Comcast Center. Go Terps. I hope Gary outcoaches JT3

Posted by: Trippey | November 30, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

As I stated before here on this blog, I went to the game at USAir Arena or Cap Centre whatever it was called at the time. Even though it was G'Town's home court, there were more Terp fans there,being that it was actually closer to College Park than the G'Town campus. That was a gratifying win for us because every year the local media would give all the attention to the Hoyas and none to us, at least no positive attention. It was also gratifying to beat JT2, considering he never wanted to play MD because it would prevent him from padding his schedule with patsies like St. Leo or something just so he could make the tournament. That one game put MD back on the basketball map as far as the area was concerned.

It's too bad that the only times we could get together would be hundreds of miles away. If we had to play at the Phone Booth, fine. I guarantee there will still be more Terp fans than Hoya fans.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | November 30, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

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