If it's snowing, the Terps must be traveling
Maryland Coach Gary Williams sat down today to chat with reporters in advance of tomorrow night's game at Florida State and opened with this little quip:
"Well, it’s time to go on the road again, so it’s time for snow," he said. "That’s the way it’s been this year. But it’s good. I think some of our players were feeling bad about the Clemson trip because it was a long time to get to BWI, then you got to get the ice (cleared out) and all that stuff. I was telling my Big Ten experiences. When you go to Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Illinois, you see snow on every trip. There’s always some part of the trip that gets in the way, so I told them not to feel sorry for themselves. But they looked at me like, 'Yeah, but that was 22 years ago.' See, our guys think it’s not supposed to snow because they’re big Al Gore fans and they heard all about global warming, and they can’t believe it’s snowing like it is."
And with that, we were off. Williams touched on an array of topics, many of which will be discussed here in the next 24 hours leading up to Thursday night's tip-off, but not much in the way of hard news came out of today's media availability.
To tide you over until tomorrow morning, here were Williams's thought's on Florida State sophomore center Solomon Alabi, who was limited by foul trouble during the first half of Maryland's nine-point victory in College Park on Jan. 10 but came back to provide the Seminoles a physical post presence in the second half:
"He’s just one of those people that I’m really interested in watching him play five years from now to see where he is as a player because he’s got the body that he can put on 50 pounds and still be a great athlete with that type of length," Williams said of the 7-foot-1, 251-pound Alabi. "His footwork is very good right now. I think that comes from playing soccer when he was younger. He’s a much better shooter, you look at his free throws, and he’s a much better shooter than people give him credit for. It’s not just ticky-tack dunks and things like that; it’s the ability to make shots that makes him so tough."
Alabi is averaging 12.9 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. He also has registered 54 blocks and is shooting 58.8 percent from the field. For the Terrapins, making a concerted effort to get Alabi into early foul trouble again might not be a bad idea.
February 3, 2010; 3:32 PM ET
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