Gary Williams on the ACC coaches' teleconference
It didn't come as much surprise that Maryland Coach Gary Williams spent much of his 10-minute segment on the ACC coaches' teleconference this morning answering questions about senior guard Greivis Vasquez.
In case you haven't heard, Wednesday night's match-up against Duke at Comcast Center falls on Senior Night, and Vasquez has developed a unique relationship with the Blue Devils over the course of his career. Providing Williams's responses to many of the Vasquez questions would be a bit repetitive since they were similar to the responses Maryland basketball followers already have read from Williams before.
But Williams did help put into context the event that will be Wednesday night's game.
It will be Senior Night for one of the greatest players in Maryland history against the conference opponent said player gets most amped up to play against. It will be a chance for the Terrapins to atone for an embarrassing loss a few weeks back in Durham, as well as a chance to keep alive their hopes of claiming a regular season ACC championship and earning the top seed for the upcoming ACC tournament. The game will feature the two top scoring offenses in the conference, two of the top coaches in the conference, two of the top players in the conference and a raucous crowd that likely won't be in much of a hospitable mood.
"This time of year you want to play games that mean something the last week of the regular season," Williams said. "The way our season’s gone, the way Duke’s season’s gone, that’s why this is a big game. Sure, it’s great that there’s a buzz and everything like that. We’ve worked hard since the start of practice to make sure these games mean something, but as a team, you try not to get caught up in all that. You just try to approach this like we did Virginia Tech or any other game we’ve played. You know, this is the next game. It happens to fall in this situation right now, so it’s a big game, but we’re going to try to be able to handle everything around the game because we want to focus on the game."
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