Tough Road For Hornets
Gary Williams has implied in the past few weeks that few -- if any -- college basketball teams have played as tough of an early season schedule as his Terrapins. And while he may very well be right, his team's opponent's Friday night hasn't had an smooth path either.
Delaware State is 2-10 and, to be honest, not a very intimidating team. The Terps are bigger and more athletic. This game should not be close. But with the way Delaware State's schedule lines up, it seems as though that has been the case on most night's this season for the Hornets.
So far, Delaware State has played at Dayton (and lost by 20), at Ohio State (and lost by 28), at Kentucky (and lost by 29), at West Virginia (and lost by 34) and at Connecticut (and lost by 30). For a more local comparison, the Hornets also lost at Richmond by 10.
"We’ve done this for the last eight and a half years that I’ve been here, Delaware State Coach Greg Jackson said Wednesday in a phone interview. "You have to decide where you want to go with your program, and No. 1 is if we win 25 MEAC games, you’re not winning an at-large bid anyways; you’re not going to the NCAA tournament.
"Our attitude is let’s go out and play some tough teams and give ourselves a chance to grow and learn each other. And then that way, by the time you get into your conference play, you know exactly what you have. I think so many times, if we don’t have a chance to go out there and play these major Division 1 schools and then if we go win our conference and make it to the NCAA tournament, we’re just a participant. I don’t want to be a participant. I want to go out and, if we are able to win our conference championship, have an opportunity to compete."
As for Friday night's match-up against Maryland, Jackson isn't optomistic about the outcome, but he said the score is of secondary interest to him anyway.
"We’re playing against a major Division 1 school, so it’s obvious we’re undersized," Jackson said. "We’re probably overmatched in a whole lot of areas, but what we have to focus on is going in there and just giving it our best effort. I’m concerned about the effort that these guys give, not so much what’s going to be the outcome of the game cause it’s obvious that we’re under-matched."
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