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GW In Search Of Some Credit

Just got done listening to Gary Williams's segment on the weekly ACC coaches teleconference, and as usual, not a whole lot of hard news came out of it. Williams did say, however, that he thinks Maryland deserves some credit for making North Carolina such a difficult place to play on the road. He was kidding. I think.

"We played down there, I don’t know how long it’s been now, maybe 10 years, and it snowed for one of the few times there since I’ve been going there," Williams said. "And the people that have the season tickets close to the court couldn’t get to the game, so they moved the students on the floor for our game, and it got really loud. It was much louder than it had been in the previous years that we’d played there. So from then on there’s more students down closer to the court, so I’d like to take a little credit for creating a tough home court situation at Chapel Hill."

Now, Mother Nature may beg to differ with Williams. She, after all, controls the temperature and precipitation and such. But as long as she doesn't mind, I'm sure the folks down at North Carolina would be more than happy to attribute their home court advantage to Maryland's head coach.

As for the Tar Heels, Williams doled out some praise for his team's next opponent.

"We feel that as long as we continue to work hard, we’ll be okay," Williams said. "We can be competitive in games and certainly Carolina is one of the best teams in the country. I’m not sure there’s a better team than Carolina in the country, just given on what they’ve done this year. They did lose a couple, but at the same time, they’ve come back, and you’re going to see that with any team that’s ranked No. 1 this year. There’s probably eight teams right now that are good enough to say that they’re the best team in the country. It really depends on what week you get them and how they’re playing."

North Carolina has won five straight ACC games since starting off its conference slate 0-2.

By Steve Yanda  |  February 2, 2009; 11:51 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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If GW studied recruiting strategy as hard as he studies NC crowd seating we would all be better off....

Posted by: petecard | February 2, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

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