Long Wait For First Road Test
As was mentioned in this morning's print edition story, Maryland will become the final Division 1 team in the country to play a true road game when the Terps take on Miami in a few hours. Every other ACC team has played at least three games on an opponent's home court.
In fact, there are only three programs among the six major conferences (ACC, Big East, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-10 and SEC) that have played only one true road game so far this season -- Florida, Alabama and Baylor.
Only five schools from such conferences made it to 2009 without playing a true road game -- Missouri, Louisiana State, Louisville, Alabama and Maryland.
"It's just the way it worked out," said Gary Williams, who explained that after playing two home games in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in previous seasons, he figured his team would be on the road for the event this year. Instead, the Terps hosted Michigan.
Williams said he believed playing the likes of Georgetown, Michigan State and Gonzaga was challenging enough -- even if those games took place on a neutral site. "Those are tough games no matter where they're played," he said.
"We've played good teams," Williams continued. "I think that's the important thing. We have played teams at Miami's level before, and I think that's the most important thing."
What do you all think? Is playing tough opponents on a neutral court just as good of preparation for a team as facing those same opponents on their respective home courts?
More specifically, do you think Maryland would have been better served at least to have had one true road game under its belt before entering conference play?
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