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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."

By Steve Yanda  |  March 1, 2010; 11:29 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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It's the biggest game in Comcast Center history. Period.

It's also the only time we've played Duke in a season finale at home in at least the last 20 years. I just want to say thank you to the schedulers for this one.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 1, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Agreed Barno. The last time we played a game with this importance between two teams with bright postseason futures this late in the season was at Cole. And the game has gained exponentially in importance since the tear the Terps have been on since the last meeting. Each of the last three games was the most important of the year when they were played. It is going to be a great game, and am looking for a signature game from GV.

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | March 1, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Hugh, you meeting us for beers and shots at ole Bentleys wednesday? 5:00 pm

Posted by: Barno1 | March 1, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Wednesday is going to be nuts. I can't wait.

Bentleys at 5, come one, come all.

I see a barno-petecard embrace similar to the end of rocky 4. "If I can change, and you can change, everybody can change!"

Posted by: jpfterps | March 1, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse


joemama is talking 3:00 now for bentleys. I'm down for anything, though that is pretty aggressive

Posted by: Barno1 | March 1, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

To those talking about Bently's . .

Bently's continues to be the place to pre game for alumni. I have done so all year and probably rubbed shoulders with some of you but had no idea. Any way we can all meet up and exchange Duke Hatred stories? I'm planning on being there a little after 5.

Posted by: terptilldeath | March 1, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Wishing I could join you. Listen, we're going to get a good thrumping from you boys, not to mention swelling migraines from the rude crowd chants. Could use a pint or two to mitigate the damage.

Dammit, I know I'm not British but I'm a big-time coach and I can talk how I bloody well please!

Posted by: MikeKrzyzewski | March 1, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

See you at 5pm on Wednesday.

Looking forward to it.

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | March 1, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

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