Hall of famer and former Terps Basketball Coach Gary Williams joins The Kevin Sheehan Show after No. 9 Maryland fell to 23-7 overall and 13-6 in the Big Ten with a 78-67 loss at Rutgers.
The Terrapins lost for a third time in four games and failed to clinch at least a share of the Big 10 regular-season title for a second consecutive game. Plus, they were underdogs going into the game and were playing for a sixth time in 10 days. Rutgers was playing for the first time in six days…
WAS LAST NIGHT ONE OF THOSE LOSSES YOU JUST CHALK UP TO JUST A BAD SPOT OR DID YOU SEE IT MORE DISTURBING THAN THAT?
“You could see it coming, you can look at your schedule in September and see that Rutgers game, given that Rutgers played as well as they did at home this year, was going to be tough. I think you can talk a lot to your team about, ‘We can’t be tired this time of year, you have to be tough enough mentally and physically to handle that’ and all of those things. You know, you do get tired at times during the season, and that doesn’t mean you’re going to be tired the rest of the year, it’s just last night was tough deal to go back and play after the emotion of Saturday with Michigan State and all that. You, you it’s just one of those things. I think the really teams what they do is…you look at Kentucky losing last night to Tennessee at Kentucky, you know what, how is Kentucky going to react in the future to that? That’s the way you have to look at it, like we’ve go Michigan Saturday and that’s the most important thing. All of these other things people talk about they are about the past, the future is Michigan and that’s all you have to worry about right now. This is a a good stretch for us because we’ve got time, we can take some time off now for example and then go practice really well for a couple days and get ready for Michigan.”
DO YOU STILL HAVE OPTIMISM FOR A POTENTIAL RUN FOR THE TERPS?
“I do and the thing with seeding this year…once you get past that first seed, it’s not nearly as important this year, because you’re going to play somebody good I think in a round of 32 anyway regardless of whether you’re a two or three seed. You know we’re going to be good enough to play against whoever Maryland plays against, they’re going to be good enough.”
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