Gary Williams: 9 p.m. start times rough on all parties involved
Don't worry, there's merely a little less than nine hours to go before tonight's tip-off between Maryland and Florida State. That sound a little ridiculous? Well, you're not alone in that thought.
Tonight marks the first of four occassions this season when the Terrapins will play a weeknight game that starts at 9 p.m., and don't think for a second that was because of the preference of Coach Gary Williams.
"Yeah, that’s fun," Williams said sarcastically when asked about the numerous 9 p.m. start times. "You know, it’s a tough deal. Playing at nine o’clock is tough, but they’re not going to change it, so it’s here and we have to deal with it. What happens is TV, they want certain teams for certain games. We’ve been good. I’m not bragging or anything, but to be considered one of the teams they want on that nine o’clock game, obviously, if Carolina and Duke are 1 and 2, we’re 3, so that’s where that comes from. It’s tough on everybody. It’s tough on the fans, it’s tough on the players, it’s tough on the coaches. It’s hard to come down from a game and all of the sudden it’s three, four o’clock in the morning, and you haven’t slept. And like in our situation at Florida State, you have to come back and play a two o’clock game on Sunday against North Carolina, so, you know, nine o’clock makes that feel a little different. So hopefully we can handle it."
For more info on Maryland recent history with 9 p.m. start times, check out this post on D1scourse. The Terrapins, by the way, went 0-for-3 last season in their 9 p.m. games. They'll be looking to start a much different trend against the Seminoles later tonight.
February 4, 2010; 12:19 PM ET
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