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Home Court Advantage?

It's pretty desolate here at Comcast Center. Lots of empty red seats in the stands. Then again, we are still more than an hour away from tip-off, so you've got plenty of time to get here if you're just finishing up breakfast and looking for a way to kill some time before the big Ravens game tonight.

Gary Williams and the Terps should would appreciate the support. Don't let the listed attendance numbers fool you, the actual number of bodies at recent home games has been far less than advertised. There are numerous reasons that could explain to lack of attention afforded Maryland so far (school's been out of session for about a month, most nonconference season matchups are not nearly as exciting or sexy as ACC games, etc.), but yesterday, Williams said players take notice when crowds are not as lively, especially at home.

"If it’s a great atmosphere, it’s an advantage," Williams said. "I think home court can be a disadvantage if the crowd’s flat ... it only is an advantage for us if it's an exciting place to play. And sometimes it can be disappointing if it's not what you think it's going to be walking out on the court."

Later on, Williams was asked whether he was referring to the recent audiences at Comcast Center in his earlier remarks.

"I didn't say anything about our crowd," he responded.

So you're okay with how it's been?

"I didn't say anything about our crowd," he said again. "It was a general statement."

By Steve Yanda  |  January 10, 2009; 10:53 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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I feel sorry for Gary on the empty seats but I blame Yow for them. A few years ago the account holder in my family passed away, and instead of a sorry from Maryland we got a if you want to keep basketball tickets we need X amount of dollars (being 5 figures for seats on the side of the wall!).

They messed with our football tickets also (and the basketball were held before and let go at one point, and re-added after Comcast move - the football tickets have been held since the 70s or before).

And, yet she and people wonder why Maryland lacks support. It is because they do everything they can to turn away their fan base. Fire Yow!

Posted by: jt082005 | January 11, 2009 2:24 AM | Report abuse

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