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Unique week for Terps nears a close

By now, the Maryland men's basketball team was supposed to have played nine ACC games and be in somewhat of a rhythm heading into Saturday's contest at Duke. As Coach Gary Williams pointed out Friday, had Wednesday night's game against Virginia not been postponed, the Terrapins would have had four games in a row in which they had two days to prepare for each opponent.

But the snowstorms that hit the region over the past week altered those plans a bit. After facing North Carolina on Sunday, Maryland began preparing to face the Cavaliers. But on Tuesday, the Terrapins had to switch gears after their game against Virginia was postponed until Monday.

In one sense, though, Williams was grateful that at least there was one component to break up the monotony of an otherwise slow week in College Park.

"We tried to keep them busy with video and practice, but you can’t practice eight hours," Williams said. "We were getting ready for Virginia the first couple days, then that switched to Duke. So that was good in terms of not having six days to get ready. In other words, we were in a game situation where we were going to play Wednesday night, so we’re getting ready for that. Then when that switched, you have that little come-down maybe emotionally, but at least you can switch teams. You don’t have to stay – in other words, if we were playing Virginia Wednesday and then that game was postponed until Saturday, that would have been harder, I think, than switching teams and getting ready for Duke."

Williams said the team simply can't let circumstances beyond their control (such as the weather) affect their preparation and focus. You can't feel sorry for yourself, he said, because the team's Maryland will play certainly won't.

"It’s good to play," he said. "Not playing against Virginia kind of, you know, we were in the process of getting ready to play and all of the sudden you don’t play, so we had to get through that and get back up for the game Saturday, so hopefully we’re there."

By Steve Yanda  |  February 12, 2010; 12:40 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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It's not so bad. We already got ready for UVA, so after the Duke game we have Sunday to refresh and Monday to do some run-throughs. Then we go to NC State, a team we have already played. The down time this week is the only issue and I don't think we should make too much out of it. It's much better than if we had travelled like UVA.

Posted by: petecard | February 12, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

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